Fiction: The Streets of Washington D.C. were Planned by Masons

One persistent "fact" often heard about Washington D.C. is that the streets are laid out to form various Masonic symbols, placed there by the city's planners for some unexplained purpose. While is is clear to anyone who looks at a map that some of the streets form a five-pointed star, any Mason will tell you that the pentagram is not a symbol that appears in any of the three degrees.

The men chiefly responsible for designing the city of Washington, D.C. were Major Pierre L'Enfant, and later Major Andrew Ellicott and his assistant Benjamin Bannaker, none of whom are known to have any involvement in the Freemasons. While it is true that L'Enfant was hired by George Washington, who is perhaps the best-known Freemason in United States history, L'Enfant's work was based on earlier drawings by Thomas Jefferson, who was not a Freemason.1

If you look at the streets and history of Sandusky, Ohio, on the other hand, there is no denying a Masonic connection.2

The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon, Canada has a web page that discusses Washington D.C. in much greater detail at http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/washington_dc/washington_dc.html.


1Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon. "Washington, DC. A luciferian plot?" Anti-Masonic Claims Refuted. 2 Jan. 2002. Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon. 12 Sep. 2009. <http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/anti-masonry/washington_dc/washington_dc.html>
2Kurtz, Karl W. "Sandusky, Ohio" Anti-Masonic Claims Refuted. 8 Nov. 2007. Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon. 12 Sep. 2009. <http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/history/sandusky/sandusky.html>