One of the monumental sphinxes at the headquarters of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite Masons at 16th and S Streets NW was defaced with pink paint during the weekend. Workers at temple this morning said they were astonished that someone would vandalize the temple.
According to the National Park Service, the Temple of the Scottish Rite Masons at 1733 16th Street was designed by John Russell Pope, who also designed the National Archives and the Jefferson Memorial. The temple is part of the 16th Street Historic District, and was constructed between 1911 and 1915. In 1931, the Association of American Architects voted the structure the fifth most beautiful building in the world. Wikipedia has additional information about the temple and the organization.
The temple has been an important part of the neighborhood. Until last fall, its grounds on the 15th Street side were home to community garden for 20 years — a local community garden, a haven for city dwellers with a green thumb in search of a place to cultivate flowers, herbs and vegetables for 20 years. The plots were reserved for DC residents who didn’t have a place to garden — giving preference to residents in the 20005, 20009, and 20036 zip codes.
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From Luis Gomez and Matty Rhoades
The Temple Garden on 15th Street NW had an open house on Saturday, giving locals a chance to meander among tomatoes, basil, rose bushes, garlic, sunflowers and a plethora of other vegetables, herbs and flowers.
There was iced tea, lemonade and dips made with herbs from the garden. The garden plots are available to area residents who have no space for outdoor gardening; preference is given residents in the 20005, 20009 and 20036 zip codes.
What’s in Yonan’s Garden Plot?
Washington Post food editor is among the plot holders. “This is my third season in the garden, after waiting almost three years for a plot. I shared it with former Post food writer, Jane Black, for two seasons, until she left D.C. last fall,” Yonan said.
What’s in Yonan’s plot? A lot!
- Herbs: basil, oregano, sage, lemon balm, lovage, flat leaf parsley, lavender.
- Greens: curly kale, rainbow chard.
- Chile peppers: habanero, jalapeño, Thai.
- Tomatoes: yellow grape, purple Cherokee.
- Summer squash.
- Wild strawberries.
Garden Scheduled to Close
Located between R and S Streets on the grounds of the headquarters of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite Masons, the garden opened in 1990. It is slated to close after this fall’s harvest (see Temple Garden to Close After 2011 Harvest). The Masons are undertaking a large project inside the temple and need the space for storage. The garden opened in 1990.
However, on July 1, the Temple Garden board sent a letter to the Masons suggesting several alternatives. One request is to simply keep the garden open as is, while others include a smaller garden, a temporary closing, as well as a month-to-month agreement.