921 11th Street

Every day thousands past this ornate building on J Street

This Temple, was the tallest building in Sacramento when it opened in 1926

$1,500 million 

Is what it cost to build and furnish the Elks Temple

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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


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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.


Published by CityFella

Moved to the Big Tomata in the nineties from San Francisco. No Suburbs for me with its single colored houses and lawns and the excitement of pulling out my trash can once a week. I'm a CityFella , a part time New Yorker. I'm happiest in the Center City where people the streets and people are alive. I'm still waiting to buy a 34th floor condo somewhere downtown/Midtown with a nightclub. "Hurry I'm old" My politics are somewhere in the middle with a needle that constantly moves. I'm too liberal to be a Republican and too conservative to be a Democrat. Everything interests me . I've come to love Sacratomato, Its a nice town in cheap sensible shoes .

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