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Luxe Lodge: 1908

Luxe Lodge: 1908

Circa 1908. "Elks Temple (Eureka Club), Clinton Avenue North, Rochester, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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"asparagus banding"

The architect took great liberty in assembling this beautiful wedding cake of a facade, loosely quoting many roman and renaissance motifs. The banding in the elaborate lower entablature around the date numerals I think is a heavily stylized rendering of the fasces, the bundled rods of imperial rome symbolizing power and authority often seen in work of this type. I am sure it was considered an august interpretation of old roman work and perfectly apropos.


Oliver Hardy
Francisco Franco
Eddie Cantor
Josip Tito


From bottom to top:

Rusticated stone base, rusticated brick with semi-circular arches; the rustication simulates voussoirs, denticulated belt cornice, quoins at corners and around windows with alternating carved gadrooning & greek frets; detail also included on voussoirs and key stones in the jack arches, fret belt course, engaged columns as mullions, full corinthian entablature with festoon & wreaths in the frieze, cornice with dentils & console brackets, balustrade.

I would go over the palladian window but I'm already exhausted; also I can't remember the name of that decorative motif of the bound asparagus in use around the date plate.

Venue of Cherished Memory

I seem to recall playing in several music recitals held in this building during the period 1953-57. No doubt the lodge augmented its treasury by renting the hall out from time to time.

To my recollection, well before 1959 the building and its appointments had transcended "shabby genteel," on the downward path to desuetude and redundancy.

History of Elks Lodge #24

From this article:

In 1908/1909 the lodge purchased the handsome Eureka Club Building at 113 Clinton Ave. North. Even this building became inadequate and it became necessary to build an addition. Two pieces of property adjoining the original club-house site on the north were purchased during the year of 1922. In May 1923 the plans for the addition to the club were practically approved and October, 1923 the contract for the excavation was let. The addition to the building on Clinton Avenue was made starting in 1924 and dedicated in 1927. This became our home until March 1959. The Clinton Avenue location was sold due to excessive cost for maintenance and necessary repairs.


Hoping/wishing someone can describe the phenomenal brickwork details by their proper names.

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