“It truly was a Titan effort to
build this magnificent Temple…”
The Elks Tower
No city of Sacramento’s size, here
or elsewhere in the 1920’s could
boast a larger, more attractive or
costly home than the Elks Tower; it
was the vision of all visions.
At its inception, the Elks committee
felt a structure should be one of
substantial importance, of
monumental scale that would rise far
into the air and demonstrate that
architecture, in a modern city’s
midst, need not of necessity be
uniformly flat, uninteresting and
featureless, but rather, one that
would last the test of time with its
design and style.
In a building where artistry and
utility unite in a harmonious blend,
the Elks Tower, ever cognizant of
the desires of its committee
members, wanted a building that
would appeal and be appreciated by
those of all ages, for all occasions
and for all reasons.
Thus, the period endeavored to
portray was the Italian Renaissance.
This high Renaissance typified the
most appropriate of all designs, as
well as the richest and most
artistic of any era. In the first
forty years of the sixteenth
century, the most perfect buildings
were reared. It was the age of
Bramante, Ginlio Romano, Peruzzi,
Raphael, Leonardo Da Vincini and
Many designs were submitted and
selections were made, but only after
careful comparisons with the
illustrations of models from the
Museums of Florence, Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York City, along
with many private collections, was a
unanimous decision easily secured.
Elks Tower had given the city a
credible structure, one that
bespeaks vision, courage and
resource. It has and always will
contribute to the beauty and the
splendor of Sacramento and translate
a magnificent faith and confidence
for decades to come.
The work of carrying through the
task was carried on by renowned
Architect Leonard J. Starks under
the firm name of Hemmings & Stark.