Elks Temple Building (Cadillac, Michigan)
Elks Temple Building
|Location||122 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, Michigan|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Osgood & Osgood|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||88001835|
|Added to NRHP||September 29, 1988|
The Cadillac Elks Lodge was organized in 1901. The Cadillac Elks held their meetings in the Maccabee Hall, but soon began sharing another building with the Knights of Pythias. In 1910, the Elks began planning for their own building. They obtained a site, and contracted with the Grand Rapids architectural firm of Osgood & Osgood, which specialized in designing similar buildings for fraternal organizations. Osgood & Osgood both dedigned and constructed the building. Construction was started in 1910, and completed in 1911 at a cost of $53,000.
Although multiple stores have been housed on the ground floor, the Elks Temple Building remains the meeting place of the local lodge.
The Cadillac Elks Temple is a four-story Classical Revival red brick building with a flat roof and cream terra cotta trim. The front facade has central stairhall entrance flanked by storefronts on the ground level. The upper three stories are divided into three bays each by piers. A classical cornice and parapet runs across the top. Windows in each bay of the upper stories were originally all paired, double-hung, six-over-one type, but have been replaced with paired or tripled double-hung one-over-one type windows.
On the interior, the temple has two retail spaces on the street level. The center entrance leads to a staircase to the upper part of the building, which has hardwood floors with wooden doors and window trim. The second floor contains a large dining room with a bar and a card and billiard room. The dining room/bar area was likely refurbished in the 1950s. The third floor contains the lodge rooms, the lodge office, and storage spaces. The fourth floor contains a single large room. The lodge room is a rectangular area, with walls subdivided by stained wood pilasters. Benches are lined along the walls to face a central altar. At one end is a triple chair, set beneath the head of an elk. The room's furnishings likely date from the time of the building's construction.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Elks Temple Building". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved October 25, 2013.[permanent dead link]
- Robert O. Christensen (March 1988), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Elks Temple Building
- Lodge #680 Home, Elks