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About Elks Temple

Roam, explore, embark on an adventure…discover Elks Temple!

The 1916 Elks Temple has been restored and reimagined into a vibrant gathering place for out-of-town guests and locals alike. From the Old Hangout, a bar reminiscent of world travels, to the Spanish Ballroom, a grand space hosting live music, you’ll find entertainment at every turn. Threads of art, history and elements of the local community are woven into the structure. Wherever you are in Elks Temple, you’ll find the comforts of your favorite neighborhood pub and a world of adventure.

We wanted to see how much fun we could pack into seven floors, so we started with a McMenamins Brewery, the Bottle Shop & Brewery Tasting Room, and The Old Hangout on the ground floor, 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 Doc’s, a third floor games bar overlooking the ballroom; pause on the nearby mezzanine overlooking Puget Sound. On the fourth floor stop for a celebratory meal (you’re halfway to the top!) in McMenamins 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 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.

Whether your port of call is the Old Hangout, the Spanish Bar, Doc’s or the Spanish Ballroom, you’ll find handcrafted cocktails, tales from home and afar, cozy hideaways and untold fun.
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.

Lodging at Elks Temple

We are now taking hotel reservations

Check-in is at 3 p.m.; check-out is at 11 a.m.
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.

Elks Temple Lodging Package

Check-in is at 3 p.m.; check-out is at 11 a.m.

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1890: The Tacoma Elks Lodge (#174) is established in 1890, 22 years after the formation of the national Elks organization in New York City.
In the years between their founding and the construction of the Elks Temple, the Tacoma Elks relocate a handful of times to larger facilities in the city.
1915-16: The Tacoma Elks build an opulent, grand new “temple,” together with the Spanish Steps, located between Broadway and Commerce streets, across from what then was City Hall and the Northern Pacific Railroad headquarters––a most prominent site known as the Point of Power. The Elks hold the grand opening of the new temple in February 1916.
1937 & 1940: Two additions are constructed on the west side of the original structure to house a new kitchen, handball courts and bowling alley.
1950s: Because of soaring membership, the Elks start looking and planning for a new location for a larger, more modern lodge. Having previously acquired the Allenmore Golf Course in the south end of the city, they decide to construct their new lodge on that property.
1965: The new lodge is completed near Allenmore Golf Course (present-day site of Walmart). The Elks move out of their old 565 Broadway location into the new lodge. At this point, the Tacoma Elks chapter #174 is said to have had the largest membership of any Elks in the nation.
1966-1971: Tacoma City Directories list the old Elks Temple as vacant. Wealthy Tacoman, George Russell (president & GM of the Tacoma New Tribune), purchases the old Elks Lodge in 1968 and makes plans for the building’s next life.
1971: George Russell re-opens the old Elks Temple as a catering space, featuring a new eatery called the 565 Restaurant (in the old Elks dining room on the Broadway level) and an entertainment venue (in the ballroom) that opens onto the Spanish Steps. Many high school graduation parties and company parties are held here.
1971 & 1972: The Red Rose Cotillion debutante ball is held in the ballroom. This is a special event for African American high school girls from the area.
November 1975: Tacoma’s gay community holds its first-ever event, the Barony Ball, in the ballroom. They continue to hold events there through 1986.
1975-76: The Tacoma-Pierce County Bicentennial Commission opens an office in the building.
1977-85: Tacoma Handball Association Club operates the handball courts. George Cobean and Michael O. Byrne each serve as president during this period.
1979: Toastmasters International hold meetings in the building.
1981-82: A movie theater opens under the management of Al Kephart and Seymour Johnson (J & J Productions), and Seymour Johnson, on his own, establishes the 565 Dinner Theatre in the building. (George Russell’s 565 Restaurant continues its operation.)
1981-1985: The Kiwanis Club and Lions Club meet here regularly.
1985: Local theater producer and actor Nick Credgington partners with George Russell to form the 565 Broadway Restaurant and Dinner Theatre.
1986: George Russell dies, the 565 Restaurant and Credginton’s dinner theater cease operations, and the old Elks Lodge goes dark.
1988-90: Scenes for the Nick Nolte-Martin Short movie, Three Fugitives, and Kevin Kline movie, I Love You to Death, were filmed in and around the old Elks Temple.
1989: Ron Zimmerman, a Bay-area real estate mogul and true character, acquires the old Elks Temple. Zimmerman, who was born in China and lived there has grand plans for the place, including a massive tower addition to be built on the lot next to the lodge. Bad luck, bad health, bad temper and bad press prevent anything from happening.
And for the better part of 30 years, the building sits empty…
…though not really empty. Graffiti artists do wondrous things throughout the building, and untold numbers of high school kids, homeless people and curious onlookers explore its vast spaces, and gradually the place is stripped of most of its fixtures and architectural flourishes. A centrally placed ceiling light fixture remains in the top floor lodge room – and it is now a prized piece.
2017: After a decade of negotiating, waiting and planning, McMenamins begins its renovation of the old Elks Temple.
April 24, 2019:  McMenamins Elks Temple throws open its doors with a grand opening celebration!

Parking & ADA


Elks Temple is located in downtown Tacoma, and parking options vary:
  • Metered street parking
  • Paid lots
  • Free parking at Tacoma Dome Station lots (plus a free 10-minute train ride)
    • If you park in the Tacoma Dome Station parking lots, Tacoma Link Light Rail is free downtown and runs from the Tacoma Dome Station to 9th & Commerce, about 2 blocks from Elks Temple.
    • Trains run until 10 pm, Monday through Saturday and until 6 pm on Sundays.
    • Be sure to check soundtransit.org for current schedules. Holiday schedules vary.


There are ADA-accessible parking spots on Broadway, and an ADA ramp at the main entrance to Elks Temple.
Elevators are located in the corner of Elks Temple nearest Broadway and the Spanish Steps. Enter through the main entrance on Broadway.
Please call the front desk at (253) 300-8777 if you need additional assistance.

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 – 1.7 mi
The Grand Cinema – 0.2 mi
Washington State History Museum – 1.8 mi
Chihuly Bridge of Glass – 1.8 mi
Museum of Glass – 2.1 mi
America’s Car Museum – 2.5 mi
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum – 7.4 mi
Antique Row – 0.1 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 – 5.7 mi
Tacoma Waterfront – 6 mi
Commencement Bay Trail
Mt. Rainier – 60 mi
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – 6.6 mi
Emerald Queen Casino – 4.7 mi
Tacoma Dome – 2.4 mi
Cheney Stadium – home of Minor League baseball team the Tacoma Rainiers. – 6.8 mi
Blue Mouse Theater – showing second-run, classic and indie films for $4. – 3 mi
Other points of interest
Tacoma Glassblowing Studio – family-owned business offering glass pumpkin patch, classes and group events. – 2.1 mi
University of Washington Tacoma campus – 0.8 mi
University of Puget Sound – 2.4 mi
Anderson School