Every day thousands past this ornate building on J Street
This Temple, was the tallest building in Sacramento when it opened in 1926
Is what it cost to build and furnish the Elks Temple
The Elks Temple was a showplace for Sacramento.
It contained 100 hotel rooms. The city’s first rooftop bar/ restaurant
“Top of the Town” provided panoramic views of the city. In the late sixties, an FM
station broadcasted from the thirteenth floor.
Ballrooms ,underground swimming pools, steam rooms, exercise rooms, reading rooms
Not a Box
Its all in the details, the richness in the Italian Renaissance Architecture.
In 1972, the Elks Lodge was sold and today it is an Event Center. Popular for Parties ,Weddings and meetings. The Current owner, Steve Ayers currently renovating the tower. There are plans to open a high end Card Room on the first floor of the Historic Building. Last February, his application for gambling licences was denied by the California Gambling Control Commission.
The 93 year old Elks Tower, along with the Citizens Hotel (formally the California-Western States Life Insurance Company Building) represents a time and artistry rarely seen in modern buildings post 1950.