Say Goodbye to the 14th Street Freemasons
One by one, fast food restaurants and retailers on 14th Street near U Street have been shuttering to make way for JBG's Utopia residential project, which will bring 220 apartments to the southwest corner of that iconic intersection. But the development will claim another building as well: The United Supreme Council National Headquarters and Archives at 1924 14th Street NW, which JBG bought for $5 million in early July.
According to records from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the building was constructed in 1998. It's affiliated with the Prince Hall branch of Freemasonry, which is historically African American and entirely independent from the massive Scottish Rite temple on 16th Street NW.
The person I reached at the United Supreme Council said that the staff who work at that location will be leaving at the end of August, and are looking for some office space in the District, though they'll have to move some employees out of the city as well.
Which means, viewed one way, that the displacement of D.C.'s black residents even extends to Freemasonry (though the fact that the Prince Hall masons sold out voluntarily complicates that interpretation).