Tacoma Urban Sketchers had a bit of a hiccup.  We met at Tully’s in the Theater & Antique district to talk and sketch prior to moving to our primary venue, Sanford and Son Antique Mall, at 11 am.  However, it didn’t actually open until noon.  It was a sunny day so I decided right after our meeting at 10 to sketch near the Spanish Steps as I’d missed that outing earlier this year.

This is the former Elks Lodge.  It will one day be a McMenamins facility.  I really can’t wait until they open it as their restorations are amazing.  It will have a hotel, live music venue, 3 restaurants, a brewery and a rooftop garden.  Based on my visits to other McMenamin facilities, it will provide almost unlimited sketching subjects.  But right now it is in poor shape.

It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  McMenamins is known for rescuing historic buildings.   The Elks Temple was built in 1915-16 and was designed by É. Frère Champney in the second Renaissance Revival style.

Once the antique mall opened, I made straight for the big tooth and called “dibs”.  It’s really rather grotesque but I like it. If you want it, it will set you back $1,655 ! One of our admins missed the outing because of a dental procedure so I thought of him while I sketched it. Beneath it is one of two antique barber chairs that will be in the next auction run by the store. Sitting in the chair, for no apparent reason, is an “e” from a sign. They’ve both been there at least a year as they were there the last time we sketched in this location.

We met up in the lower level of 3 floors to share sketches.

We had lunch at DiLoreto’s Downtown Cafe, also on the lower level.  Very nice people and a good lunch!

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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