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Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85

African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC

 

— 1844 Third Street, NW —

 
Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
1. Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 Marker
Inscription.  Columbia Lodge No. 85 of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World was incorporated in Washington in 1906, eight years after the parent organization was incorporated in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lodge No. 85's first meeting took place at the True Reformer Hall on U Street, NW. By the 1940s, the organization counted 3,000 members and was well known for its community service and grand parades. In 1925 the Elks purchased a large house at 301 Rhode Island Avenue. Forty years later they sold that headquarters and most of the land, retaining only the portion where they built this new lodge in 1968.
 
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansFraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the African American Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
 
Location. 38° 54.906′ N, 77° 0.95′ W. Marker is in LeDroit Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on 3rd Street Northwest south of Rhode
Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
2. Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 Marker
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Island Avenue Northwest (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1844 3rd Street Northwest, Washington DC 20001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Voice from the South (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anna Julia Hayward Cooper Residence (about 400 feet away); The Prettiest Place (about 500 feet away); Government Girls (about 600 feet away); T Street Elites (about 700 feet away); Christian Fleetwood and Sara Fleetwood Residence Site (about 700 feet away); Alice Moore Dunbar [Nelson] and Paul Laurence Dunbar Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); The University Next Door (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LeDroit Park.
 
Regarding Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85. Scurlock Studio Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

[This goes along with photo 4.]
 
Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
3. Elks Columbia Lodge No. 85 Marker
The Elks Public Appearance Club in front of the Elks headquarters, 1930s image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
4. The Elks Public Appearance Club in front of the Elks headquarters, 1930s
Close-up of Scurlock photo on marker
Columbia Lodge No. 85 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
5. Columbia Lodge No. 85
IBPOEW
Organized 1906
Elk Columbia Lodge No. 85 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
6. Elk Columbia Lodge No. 85
I.B.P.O.E. of W. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
7. I.B.P.O.E. of W.
Dedicated Oct. 25, 1970. Cornerstone Layed
E.R. Pembroke J. Duvall       June 14, 1980
E. S. Hubert Parker   E.R. Rev. Stanley B. Barry, PCER,
F.S. James Wilson PCER.
Elk image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 8, 2015
8. Elk
11:00 O'Clock
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on April 12, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 14, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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