Largely constructed between 1922 and 1932 with many of the major interior spaces left unfinished until the decades following World War II, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial is one of the most compelling design projects embarked upon during the first half of the twentieth century. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association hired the well-known New York firm of Helmle & Corbett to design the striking memorial, located on a dramatic hillside site overlooking Alexandria. The unprecedented building project brought together the independent Grand Lodges of the states and territories in a rare initiative among freemasons having a national scope. The practical origins of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial building were in creating a repository and museum for the materials and artifacts associated with George Washington. Washington had previously been viewed and memorialized primarily as commander in chief of the Continental Army and as the first president of the United States.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
DHR has secured permanent legal protection for over 700 historic places - including 15,000 acres of battlefield lands
DHR has erected 2,532 highway markers in every county and city across Virginia
DHR has engaged over 450 students in 3 highway marker contests
DHR has stimulated more than $4.2 billion dollars in private investments related to historic tax credit incentives, revitalizing communities of all sizes throughout Virginia