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McMenamins’ Tacoma Elks Lodge interior coming back to life as restoration continues

Sneak peek of restoration reveals progress on Tacoma Elks Lodge interior

In this July 2018 file video, visuals from Andersen Construction show the painstaking level of detail involved at the Tacoma Elks Lodge site as McMenamins' restoration continues at 565 Broadway.
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In this July 2018 file video, visuals from Andersen Construction show the painstaking level of detail involved at the Tacoma Elks Lodge site as McMenamins' restoration continues at 565 Broadway.

The lights arrived last week.

That was the recent news from McMenamins Elks Lodge via Andersen Construction, which has been posting regular updates on its Facebook page about the $34 million project in downtown Tacoma.

Andersen is working to restore the historic site at 565 Broadway and bring it back to life as the newest addition to Portland-based McMemanins’ chain of hotels, pubs and entertainment sites.

Andersen, in its social media, noted some of the antique fixtures in the latest delivery came from Europe and China.

The light installation, to begin soon, is the latest step in the construction work, which began in October and is slated for completion in January.

According to an Andersen presentation in April, six levels are planned with a mix of 45 hotel rooms with private baths. There also will be conference rooms, three restaurants and brewery, a game room and music venue. An outdoor cafe and patio along the Spanish Steps eventually could offer outdoor acoustic music.

Plans call for the first level to have a tiki bar and water feature.

“There are protocols we have to follow, things we have to put back in in a certain way to maintain (the building’s) historical rating,” Rick Pitman, superintendent for Andersen Construction and ASI Structures, said in April. “Mike (McMenamin) wants it to look old, so think of it as repair-but-look-old. It’s finding that fine line that he likes us to follow, so we work hand in hand with him.”

In a posting on Facebook Monday, Andersen noted: “Mike McMenamin and his daughter, Shannon, worked very closely with the artists all last week on the design for Level 6. The tall ceiling is now 100 percent painted, scaffolding is coming down, and we will be ready for light fixture install at the end of the week!”

Debbie Cockrell: 253-597-8364, @Debbie_Cockrell

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