Historic Properties of Spokane
The Elk’s Temple lies in the heart of the Riverside Avenue Historic District, along a serpentine section of Riverside Avenue designed in accordance with the recommendations submitted to the Board of Park Commissioners by the renowned Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architecture firm. The Elks were the most popular organization in the city at the time of the building’s construction between 1919 and 1921 when this lodge boasted membership second only to the club in Los Angeles. The building’s ornate but dignified exterior, designed by Spokane’s most celebrated architect Kirtland Cutter, is in the Second Renaissance Revival style. The property is now owned by the North Coast Life Insurance Company, which won an Award of Outstanding merit from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation for its certified rehabilitation of the building in 1983.