Year Listed: 2003
The 1915 Beaux Arts-style Elks Building, which looms over Commencement Bay at the northern edge of Tacoma, is a contributing primary building in the Old City Hall Historic District. It is listed on the National Register and Tacoma’s local register. The property currently stands empty and unused. Windows are open to the weather, and a roof in poor condition allows additional moisture into the interior. After neglecting the fraternal hall for more than a decade, the out-of-state owner has also publicly expressed his unwillingness to sell the building at a reasonable price to anyone with plans to preserve or reuse it. He is presently challenging the Tacoma Landmarks Commission and the City of Tacoma in Superior and Appellate Court in his efforts to demolish the Elks Building.