Venue notes: Elks Center, Philadelphia

The building, now demolished, was built in 1928 and located at 739-43 S. 16th St. in Philadephia. The Philadelphia Preservation Alliance provides some additional info:

      Elks Lodge


Address: 739-43 S. 16th St. Philadelphia, PA 19146

Significance: This 1928 building was a hub of community life for 30 years. In addition to its large meeting space and recreation facilities (including a full boxing ring and a basketball court), the building boasted a large roof garden for formal gatherings. The lodge's Two-Bit Club was also a draw. The Elks relocated to Broad and Rockland Street in the 1980s, and sold the property to the Supreme Council Benevolent Foundation, a Prince Hall Freemason organization.

Date Built / Architect:ca. 1928, C. Adams

Extant: no

Listed in PHMC Cultural Resources Database:yes (739 S. 16th St.)

Ralph Johnson, who submitted the above link in Feb 2012, adds that the 08 Feb 1986 Hüsker Dü show at this venue took place in a large hall with a stage but no chairs. No other info available.

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