Design review meeting ahead for Elk's Temple renovation

The City of Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission is scheduled Wednesday to review a set of exterior design proposals for the renovation of the former 94-year-old Elk’s Temple in downtown Tacoma.

The building, located at 565 Broadway, will be restored and renovated by McMenamins into a combination brewpub, music venue, hotel and spa. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2010 with an opening scheduled for the spring of 2012. The City has partnered with a private mixed-use developer to construct a public garage of approximately 280 stalls on the site just north of the Elk’s Temple. A grocery store, retail spaces, and apartments will be built above the garage.

According to the staff report prepared for Wednesday’s meeting, the design proposal for the Elk’s Temple calls for replacing the existing outer enclosure on the south areaway near the Spanish Steps elevation with a new wall and locking doors and installing a new concrete entry bridge; installing a Universal Access ramp; installing new iron safety railings on all the balconies; demolishing a 73-year-old addition to the building; and installing three horizontal signs near the roof line, and two red vertical “blade signs” at two corners of the building.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting will be held on Weds., Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 728 St. Helens, Room 16. For a copy of the agenda and meeting materials, visit .