My favorite quip from Mark Twain "History doesn't repeat itself but it rhymes" seems appropriate for this image. Just after the second world war, the Elks repainted the Lodge building and Spanish Steps and remodeled the Broadway level to add a dark, moody, and no doubt smoky bar in the Northwest corner. They also added a drop ceiling in the main dining room concealing some very nicely detailed plaster and ornamentation. Erik and other impatient Tacomans will no doubt roll their eyes a bit but i think there is a ghost of the future in this image. Opened in 1916, the building was not completely refreshed until the 1947 work. Admittedly it seems like the building has been abandoned for that long again but not a month has gone by since the McMenamins bought it that they have not spent major money and personal time on bringing it back. I choose to see both the past and future in this image.
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