Newest McMenamins

This was my first visit to the restored and renovated Elks Temple in Tacoma. It was a multi-year project by the McMenamin brothers (more here). Urban Sketchers Tacoma met to sketch inside and out of this new property which just opened April 24.

I don’t think I have enough superlatives to describe the amazing work they’ve done here. It’s seven floors of spectacular. I’ll need to go back again and again. I’m sure I could fill several sketchbooks just with the variety of lamps!

There were many sketchers today, only 3 of whom had been here since it opened on April 24.

After sketching, I wandered around some more and got my Passport stamped. I filled it but didn’t see a prize I wanted. So I’ll hold onto it and check back to claim something I like more.  Elks Temple is the page on the left.

There was work going on at the front, where I wanted to sketch the restored elk’s head.So I went up to the first landing of the Spanish Steps, outside the Spanish Bar to sketch a detail of the exterior.

An hour later, the workers seemed to have taken a break so I had a view of the elk’s head and the amazing antlers.

I didn’t sketch any of the interior as I’ll save that for bad weather days.

Lots of photos here

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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