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Elks Lodge: 1906

Elks Lodge: 1906

Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Elks Club." Welcome to B.P.O.E. 26. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

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German American doctors can cure you

The same ad is on a newspaper box across town.

Magnificent Building

What a beautiful building. Does anyone know if it is still standing and if not what happened to it?

Also Shorpy Dave could you give us an better enlargement of the Mail box or what ever it is covered with posters, It looks like on one side there is something about German American Dangers (Doctors?).

Thanks for reminding us all that once upon a time people could afford a sense of magnificence and beauty to the architecture of common buildings.

Wisconsin, from Chicago to KC

This lodge was originally the Wisconsin building at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. After the fair it was purchased and moved to Kansas City.

Thanks for the reminder

When I was younger I wondered what the B.P.O.E. was all about. Back then I never did find out. However, today this old curiosity was satisfied. Despite my having forgotten I was curious in the first place.


I hear those Elks can be both benevolent and protective.

Swift Mercury

Swearing at pigeons.

Old buildings intrigue me

Especially one like this. Interesting sculpture including the on the gable in the center, and how about that eagle atop the flagpole It has to be life sized or better. I bet with a flag raised in a good wind you could hear it vibrating throughout the building.

I also like the rounded balconies on the right, complete with spiral stairway.


Makes this Elk proud to see some of our history!

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