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Jan. 12, 1956: Los Angels Elks Lodge 99, across the street from MacArthur Park. This photo was published in the Jan. 13, 1956, Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Oct. 2, 2005: Volunteer docent Jeanne Wilson points out features of the Park Plaza Hotel to participants taking a self-guided tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Damon Winter / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 25, 2000: Workers touch up windows at the entrance of the Park Plaza Hotel during restoration. The hotel is a former Elks lodge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

March 19, 2015: Arched ceiling of Art Deco-inspired Park Plaza Hotel, on South Park View, across from MacArthur Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

March 19, 2015: The entrance of the Art Deco-inspired Park Plaza Hotel, with the Elks' emblem. The hotel is the former Elks Lodge No. 99.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

March 19, 2015: Art Deco-inspired Park Plaza Hotel, on South Park View, across from MacArthur Park. The Park Plaza is a former Elks Lodge building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

July 5, 2000: A painter does prep work on a carved figure during restoration of the facade of the Park Plaza Hotel in the Westlake District of Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Know Your City: No. 57 – Los Angeles Elks Lodge

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Know Your City: No. 57 – Los Angeles Elks Lodge

Jan. 12, 1956: Exterior of the Los Angeles Elks Club 99 on Park View Street. This photo was published in the Jan. 13, 1956, Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series. The original caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 57 — This place has a high number, but it still doesn’t quite reach 100. There’s also a band here. Which is appropriate. Because its symbol has horns. If you don’t get all these clues, the answer is on Page 7, Part 2.

ANSWER: High number? Horns? Sure, what else could it be but Los Angeles Elks Lodge 99, located at 607 Park View St., across from MacArthur Park. Now, don’t you feel rather foolish for not recognizing it?

The Gothic Revival building is also known as the Park Plaza Hotel. The historic location is currently a special events center —  the Park Plaza.

The Nov. 27, 1966, Los Angeles Times reported, “Sale of the Elks Temple, home of Lodge 99, at W. 6th St. and Parkview in the Wilshire Center area was announced …

“The lodge will continue to occupy a portion of the premises under a leaseback arrangement. Total consideration including purchase price and remodeling was in excess of $700,000.”

I’ve added several recent photos of the Park Plaza Hotel to this post.

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