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.