Elks National Home

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Elks National Home
Elks National Home 2.jpg
Elks National Home is located in Virginia
Elks National Home
Location 931 Ashland Ave., Bedford, Virginia
Coordinates 36°20′24″N 79°32′00″W / 36.34000°N 79.53333°W / 36.34000; -79.53333Coordinates: 36°20′24″N 79°32′00″W / 36.34000°N 79.53333°W / 36.34000; -79.53333
Area 100 acres (40 ha)
Built 1916
Architect Ottenheimer Stern & Reichert; Clinton & Russell; Clark & Crowe
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Mediterranean Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 08000479[1]
VLR # 141-0060
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 29, 2008
Designated VLR March 20, 2008[2]

The Elks National Home is a retirement home and national historic district located at Bedford, Virginia. It was built in 1916 by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, who first started the home in 1903. The Elks National Home historic district includes 23 contributing buildings, 3 contributing sites, 1 contributing structure, and 2 contributing objects.[3]

The Elks Home is popular locally for the large display of Christmas decorations it puts up each year. Visitors enter the driveway in their vehicles and slowly proceed through the displays, which line the driveway, free of charge.

The Elks Home was featured briefly in the film What About Bob?, where it stands in as a mental institution.

Its 100-acre (40 ha) property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ J. Daniel Pezzoni (December 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Elks National Home" (PDF).  and Accompanying four photos

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