Elks Temple

Tacoma , Washington
Cost: $38 million | Previous Use: Fraternal Lodge | Current Use: Restaurant, Brewery, and Concert Hall

Project Details

The McMenamins Brothers, who specialize in creating unique hang-out spaces including brew pubs, restaurants, and theater and music venues throughout the Pacific Northwest, opened their most recent attraction in a historic fraternal order of the Elks building in Tacoma, Washington. The seven-story Elks Temple was constructed in the Beaux Arts style in 1916 and is located right next to the Spanish Steps, a grand staircase modeled after the Scalinata di Spagna in Rome. It is a part of Tacoma’s Old City Hall Historic District and had been vacant for many years prior to the rehabilitation. The building, which at one time provided expansive spaces for fraternal business, fundraisers, and entertainment for the Elks, now houses an eclectic mix of attractions. The Elks Temple is a unique and creative example of the adaptive reuse of these types of fraternal temples, and Heritage is proud to have served as the historic consultant on this and other McMenamins projects.


Incentives Utilized:


  • Federal Historic Tax Credits
  • Washington Special Tax Valuation