Tem­ple plot of doom

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I was dis­ap­pointed that the Nov. 27 Metro ar­ti­cle “Un­der­ground re­sis­tance in D.C.” did not men­tion that the Scot­tish Rite-owned land be­hind the tem­ple and abut­ting 15th Street NW was, for more than two decades (from 1990 to 2011), the site of a com­mu­nity gar­den. Ac­cord­ing to an April 8, 2011, Border­stan story, Ronald Seale, pres­i­dent of the House of the Tem­ple His­toric Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion, said the land, which was paved over, was needed “in con­nec­tion with cer­tain con­ser­va­tion ef­forts” and would be used “as a stag­ing, park­ing and stor­age area.” It was un­clear at the time if the gar­den would be re­stored af­ter com­ple­tion of that work. Of course, it was not, and the plot has been an eye­sore all this time.

So I hope it is un­der­stand­able that many of us who live near the tem­ple — in­clud­ing me for more than 30 years — are dis­con­certed to learn that the plot will be used for yet an­other large lux­ury apart­ment build­ing, join­ing the many oth­ers that have gob­bled up much open space or re­placed lower-rise build­ings. Ron­nie J. Kweller, Wash­ing­ton

BILL O'LEARY/THE WASH­ING­TON POST

The open space next to the Ma­sonic tem­ple.

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