Home of first African-American Masonic order in the south, Prince Hall Masonic Temple is an excellent example of classical institutional architecture. It was designed by Albert I. Cassell, a prominent black architect who made an important contribution to the architectural heritage of the District of Columbia. Prince Hall was built 1922-1930 and is continuously associated with one of the nation's earliest Prince Hall lodges, founded in 1825 by both enslaved people and free blacks.
Throughout its history, Prince Hall has provided services for blacks, such as serving as a social club and commercial office space, which was not available elsewhere in the city, especially in the segregated climate of the first half of the twentieth century.
DC designation: December 9, 1982
National Register listing: September 15, 1983
Within Greater U Street HD