The Elks Lodge was built in 1915-16 when fraternal organizations were an important part of the community and had the money to build beautiful buildings such as this one. It was designed by É. Frère Champney, a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts, in the second Renaissance Revival style.
Adjacent to the building is a stairway called the “Spanish Steps” that winds up the hillside adjacent to the building. These steps, modeled after the Scalinata di Spagna in Rome, were rehabilitated in 2011 by a grant from WSDOT and the Federal Highway Transportation Enhancements program.
Historic Beaux-Arts building to become a community gathering space with restaurants, small bars, on-site brewery and small and large meeting spaces.
Brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin are inspired by projects that create a sense of community, rehabilitate important historic structures and ultimately have a positive impact – so much so, they made it the focus of the never-ending eclectic world of McMenamins. With more than 30 years of experience and 54 locations, McMenamins’ proven approach is to create mixed-use spaces that showcase local music, original art and history, and are anchored by a hotel with restaurants, small bars, meeting and event spaces, breweries, movies, day spas, soaking pools, gift shops and gardens. With a focus on sustainability and vertical integration, McMenamins produces many products from scratch including its own beer, wine, spirits, coffee roasts, and baked breads and pastries.
As with all new projects, the McMenamins team has already begun the process of researching the history of the people, building and place surrounding the Tacoma Elks Lodge. In-house artists will bring local history to life on every available surface, from walls and ceilings to pipes and knobs, as the restoration gets underway. Recycled and salvaged materials will be used as much as possible throughout the project (i.e. wood paneling, architectural details, light fixtures, paint, etc.), and purchasing energy efficient equipment is a priority.