This Week's DC Trivia:

Rep. Perry Belmont (D-NY) built an extravagant 55,000 sq-ft mansion in D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood in 1909 for $1.5 million at a time when a congressman’s salary was $7,500 per year and the average annual wage was about $550.  He was forced to sell it during the height of the Great Depression at the bargain price of $100,000.  The house, which still exists, is now occupied by which organization: (1) the Order of the Eastern Star; (2) the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; or (3) the Embassy of Colombia?  

​​ANSWER:

​Since 1935, it has been the home of the General Grand Chapter of the International Headquarters for the Order of the Eastern Star – a Masonic auxiliary open to Master Masons and their female relatives.  





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