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About Elks Temple

Opening April 24, 2019

We are now taking hotel reservations

McMenamins purchased the historic Elks building in 2007, and work began in earnest in 2017. Restoration and renovation continue at a steady pace, with hard-hatted carpenters, electricians, craftspeople and artists working side by side to transform the 1915 structure into a hotel with bars, ballroom-as-live-music-venue, brewery, restaurants and a secret room – in short, an all-around gathering spot for out-of-town guests and locals alike.
 
We wanted to see how much fun we could pack into seven floors, so we started with a brewery, tasting room & gift shop, and bar on the ground floor, added an interactive fountain (dip your toes!), and worked our way up. Take the scenic route up the Spanish Steps to the Spanish Bar and ballroom on the second floor before wending your way to the third floor bar and game room overlooking the ballroom and mezzanine overlooking Puget Sound. On the fourth floor pause for a celebratory meal (you’re halfway to the top!) in the pub where expansive views of Puget Sound’s Commencement Bay and the marina at Foss Waterway dominate the east-facing windows. Once you’ve refueled for the rest of your journey, continue to the diminutive fifth floor – if you can find it. From there it’s on up to the sixth floor guestrooms in the atrium and a spectacular overhead array of lights, lamps and chandeliers. Travel your last flight to seven, where guestrooms overlook the lush indoor atrium and give you an eye-level view of the light display like no other.
 
A Little History
The Elks Temple was built in the second Renaissance Revival style 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 Paris. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
The Spanish Steps
Climbing the hillside adjacent to the building is a stairway called the Spanish Steps. Modeled after the Scalinata di Spagna in Rome, Tacoma’s Spanish Steps were constructed in 1916 to connect a streetcar line on Broadway with City Hall on Commerce Street. The staircase fell into disrepair in the 1950s and continued to degrade until it was rehabilitated by the City of Tacoma in 2011.

Work in Progress

The industrious goats who devoured the blackberry-enveloped hillside may have been our most captivating workers, but no less notable are the people who toil steadily at preserving, salvaging and restoring this reimagined, seven-floor building. It’s a monumental task; the Elks Lodge sat empty for more than 20 years and had its fair share of temporary guests, some armed with cans of spray paint. Artists echo the graffiti musings in the custom paintings they have animated the space with. And in the spirit of true restoration, damaged and neglected woodwork, molding and friezes are being replicated so the Elks’ original craftwork is not lost.

The end result, debuting in a few short months, will include hotel rooms, bars, brewery, ballroom and a good time.


 
 

       
      
      

Lodging at Elks Temple

We are now taking hotel reservations

The Elks Temple includes 45 king guestrooms, each appointed with a private bathroom, wifi, television and usb ports. Threads of local history are woven throughout the rooms – and the entire structure – through art and written stories.
 
Many of our rooms surround the ballroom; you may hear the faint sounds of a good time across the way – but if you’d prefer not to, earplugs are provided.

More information coming soon!

Elks Temple Employment

Welcome – we’re glad you’re here. We are a Northwest, family-owned and operated company with 55 locations in Oregon & Washington (and growing!). We believe in community, art, history, music, food, handcrafted beverages and fun. Our staff ranges from line cooks to brewers to hotel front desk attendants to gardeners to makers of whiskey. 

Interested in working with us? We have two hiring calls coming up:

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Management positions
11 am – 4 pm
At the Tacoma Convention Center
 
Monday, February 11, 2019
All non-management positions
11 am – 4 pm
At the Tacoma Convention Center
 
McMenamins is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Surrounding Attractions

Explore Tacoma! There are plenty of places to visit, rain or shine. Those listed that are in the downtown area include walking distances from Elks Temple, so tie your shoes, hop on the light rail, or grab a scooter and get going!

For a full list of activities and things to see and do, visit Travel Tacoma.
 
Arts & Culture
Tacoma Art Museum – .8 mi
Washington State History Museum – 1 mi
Chihuly Bridge of Glass – 1 mi
Museum of Glass – 1.1 mi
America’s Car Museum – 1.9 mi
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
 
Shopping
Antique Row – 2.7 mi
Pacific Avenue – 1 mi
6th Ave – part hipster haven, part happy-hour hangout, this North End commercial corridor is one quirky, cool drag.
Proctor – pure neighborhood charm, Proctor’s tree-lined streets are centered around a small retail core where shops offer locally made and handcrafted goods.
 
Get outside!
Point Defiance Park
Tacoma Waterfront
Commencement Bay Trail
Mt. Rainier
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
 
Entertainment
Emerald Queen Casino – 2.8 mi
Tacoma Dome
Cheney Stadium – home of Minor League baseball team the Tacoma Rainiers.
Blue Mouse Theater – showing second-run, classic and indie films for $4.
 
Other points of interest
Tacoma Glassblowing Studio – family-owned business offering glass pumpkin patch, classes and group events.
University of Washington Tacoma campus – 1 mi
University of Puget Sound – 2.1 mi
Anderson School
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    Opening April 24, 2019

    We are now taking hotel reservations

    McMenamins purchased the historic Elks building in 2007, and work began in earnest in 2017. Restoration and renovation continue at a steady pace, with hard-hatted carpenters, electricians, craftspeople and artists working side by side to transform the 1915 structure into a hotel with bars, ballroom-as-live-music-venue, brewery, restaurants and a secret room – in short, an all-around gathering spot for out-of-town guests and locals alike.
     
    We wanted to see how much fun we could pack into seven floors, so we started with a brewery, tasting room & gift shop, and bar on the ground floor, added an interactive fountain (dip your toes!), and worked our way up. Take the scenic route up the Spanish Steps to the Spanish Bar and ballroom on the second floor before wending your way to the third floor bar and game room overlooking the ballroom and mezzanine overlooking Puget Sound. On the fourth floor pause for a celebratory meal (you’re halfway to the top!) in the pub where expansive views of Puget Sound’s Commencement Bay and the marina at Foss Waterway dominate the east-facing windows. Once you’ve refueled for the rest of your journey, continue to the diminutive fifth floor – if you can find it. From there it’s on up to the sixth floor guestrooms in the atrium and a spectacular overhead array of lights, lamps and chandeliers. Travel your last flight to seven, where guestrooms overlook the lush indoor atrium and give you an eye-level view of the light display like no other.
     
    A Little History
    The Elks Temple was built in the second Renaissance Revival style 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 Paris. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
     
    The Spanish Steps
    Climbing the hillside adjacent to the building is a stairway called the Spanish Steps. Modeled after the Scalinata di Spagna in Rome, Tacoma’s Spanish Steps were constructed in 1916 to connect a streetcar line on Broadway with City Hall on Commerce Street. The staircase fell into disrepair in the 1950s and continued to degrade until it was rehabilitated by the City of Tacoma in 2011.

  • Work in Progress

    The industrious goats who devoured the blackberry-enveloped hillside may have been our most captivating workers, but no less notable are the people who toil steadily at preserving, salvaging and restoring this reimagined, seven-floor building. It’s a monumental task; the Elks Lodge sat empty for more than 20 years and had its fair share of temporary guests, some armed with cans of spray paint. Artists echo the graffiti musings in the custom paintings they have animated the space with. And in the spirit of true restoration, damaged and neglected woodwork, molding and friezes are being replicated so the Elks’ original craftwork is not lost.

    The end result, debuting in a few short months, will include hotel rooms, bars, brewery, ballroom and a good time.


     
     

           
          
          
  • We are now taking hotel reservations

    The Elks Temple includes 45 king guestrooms, each appointed with a private bathroom, wifi, television and usb ports. Threads of local history are woven throughout the rooms – and the entire structure – through art and written stories.
     
    Many of our rooms surround the ballroom; you may hear the faint sounds of a good time across the way – but if you’d prefer not to, earplugs are provided.
  • More information coming soon!

  • Elks Temple Employment

    Welcome – we’re glad you’re here. We are a Northwest, family-owned and operated company with 55 locations in Oregon & Washington (and growing!). We believe in community, art, history, music, food, handcrafted beverages and fun. Our staff ranges from line cooks to brewers to hotel front desk attendants to gardeners to makers of whiskey. 

    Interested in working with us? We have two hiring calls coming up:

    Thursday, January 17, 2019
    Management positions
    11 am – 4 pm
    At the Tacoma Convention Center
     
    Monday, February 11, 2019
    All non-management positions
    11 am – 4 pm
    At the Tacoma Convention Center
     
    McMenamins is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Surrounding Attractions

    Explore Tacoma! There are plenty of places to visit, rain or shine. Those listed that are in the downtown area include walking distances from Elks Temple, so tie your shoes, hop on the light rail, or grab a scooter and get going!

    For a full list of activities and things to see and do, visit Travel Tacoma.
     
    Arts & Culture
    Tacoma Art Museum – .8 mi
    Washington State History Museum – 1 mi
    Chihuly Bridge of Glass – 1 mi
    Museum of Glass – 1.1 mi
    America’s Car Museum – 1.9 mi
    Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
     
    Shopping
    Antique Row – 2.7 mi
    Pacific Avenue – 1 mi
    6th Ave – part hipster haven, part happy-hour hangout, this North End commercial corridor is one quirky, cool drag.
    Proctor – pure neighborhood charm, Proctor’s tree-lined streets are centered around a small retail core where shops offer locally made and handcrafted goods.
     
    Get outside!
    Point Defiance Park
    Tacoma Waterfront
    Commencement Bay Trail
    Mt. Rainier
    Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
     
    Entertainment
    Emerald Queen Casino – 2.8 mi
    Tacoma Dome
    Cheney Stadium – home of Minor League baseball team the Tacoma Rainiers.
    Blue Mouse Theater – showing second-run, classic and indie films for $4.
     
    Other points of interest
    Tacoma Glassblowing Studio – family-owned business offering glass pumpkin patch, classes and group events.
    University of Washington Tacoma campus – 1 mi
    University of Puget Sound – 2.1 mi

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