The Roaring 20's were a decade of prosperity, innovation,
and celebration across the nation, and Washington State was no different. In
1923, Ellensburg residents and members of the newly formed Lodge 1102 unveiled
the new Grand Lodge at 5th and Main in downtown Ellensburg. Akin to the New
York skyscrapers of the era, the steel beams and riveted trusses were the
framework of the building, with a brick façade lining the classic exterior. A
natural elegance accompanied the space with a second-floor grand ballroom,
inviting 12-foot-tall windows for natural light and connection to bustling Main
Street, adorned with a 3-foot-stained glass star embedded in the ceiling.
For the next 80 years, this building served as the
gathering place for the entire Kittitas Valley and beyond. If you were
celebrating a wedding, a birthday, an anniversary, or any other event, it was
likely you would end up at the Elks Building.