It is dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the first President of the United States and a Mason.
Nearly everyone involved in the project in its early years agreed the memorial temple had to be built in Alexandria due to Washington’s extensive ties to that city.
The tower is fashioned after the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. It’s 333-foot (101 m) tall and . The base was 13.875 feet (4.229 m) high and 3.33 feet (1.01 m) thick.
It’s located at 101 Callahan Drive and sits on Shooter’s Hill, which at one time had been seriously considered by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson as the site of the United States Capitol building.