Alexandria Masonic Tower Named a National Landmark
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The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria has been named a national historic landmark. The large stone structure, privately funded by the Freemasons and built in the 1920s, towers over Old Town just steps from the King Street Metro. In announcing it as one of four new national landmarks, the National Park Service said the tower "stands among the most architecturally significant projects to honor George Washington and one of the boldest private efforts to memorialize him." The tower is open to the public seven days a week, hosts banquets and community events, holds a library and is a frequent stop for visiting Masonic lodges. The other three new national landmarks are the First Peoples Buffalo Jump in Montana, Lafayette Park in Detroit, and Red Rocks Park in Jefferson County, CO. [NPS]