Elks Lodge No. 1353


The Elks Lodge No. 1353 is a historic building located in Casper, Wyoming. It was built in 1922 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.DescriptionThe lodge is a two-story rectangular brick edifice at the northeast corner of East 7th St. and South Center St. It also has a basement, the upper half of which is situated above street level. Both sides of the building facing a street are brown brick with terra cotta trim; the remaining exterior walls are red brick devoid of terra cotta embellishments. The structure features an arched central entryway topped by a shallow terra cotta balcony. The lower-floor windows are rectangular and evenly spaced. The second story is visually divided from the first by a terra cotta belt course. The second-story windows, also evenly spaced, are arched. Below these are recessed terra cotta panels. The building is topped with an ornate cornice that gracefully wraps around three corners of the building. The basement is also visually defined by windows along the sidewalk at ground level. Many of these windows have now been closed up with brick.Inside, the building originally could claim a ballroom, dining area, and numerous other rooms in varying styles; however, extensive remodeling has taken place since the building's construction. Remaining is the ballroom/auditorium's hardwood floor, which was refinished circa 1990. Although the lodge's general floor plan has remained generally unchanged, very little original material still exists from the original construction.HistoryThe Elks Lodge No. 1353 was built in 1920-1922 by architects Garbutt, Weidner & Sweeney. It was designed in the Renaissance style and features the firm's signature use of terra cotta ornamentation. The lot was bought for $14,500 dollars, and the building itself was constructed at the cost of $100,000 - $200,000 dollars. Cement and basement work was contracted to the Lloyd Building Company, and George W. Cottrell held the contract for the brick, granite, and terra cotta work.


108 E 7th St
Casper, WY


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