The original classicism glorified the gods, and American neoclassicism of the late 19th and early 20th century took as its deities American presidents. Washingtonians know best, of course, the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, but such less divine chiefs of state as the martyred Warren G. Harding also had their spirits enshrined in buildings modeled on ancient Greek and Roman temples. Kay Fanning, who’s writing her dissertation on the Jefferson Memorial, discusses the phenomenon in a lecture, “American Temples: Presidential Memorials of the American Renaissance.” At 6:30 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.) at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $5. (202) 543-8356. (MJ)