Elks Lodge #174 has sold (is selling?) their property at Union Avenue and South 23rd Street (1965 South Union) to Walmart. The existing 76,000 square foot building had a construction cost of $1.5 to $2 million and was dedicated in 1965. At that time it had the highest membership of any elk’s lodge in the U.S.
The building will be demolished and a Walmart Superstore (the largest of the Walmart floor plans) will be constructed. The Elks will have a new, modern lodge constructed at a different location. The original elks building was constructed on Broadway Avenue and is proposed to be converted into a McMenamins.
The new place of the day is the parking lot next to the old Elks Club. The parking lot itself is poorly maintained with weeds and broken glass. When I drove past, I saw that art had occurred twice! There is a great sign that says Really Love Something and colorful tape art on the side of the building.