The Community "hub"
Grass Valley Elks Lodge is the "jewel" at the top of Main Street. It's where all events and celebrations began and ended in the those days. The central location made it perfect for assembling on the lawn for Donation Parade, 4th of July and of course, funerals.
Most prominents of yesteryear were very involved as Elks, so it follows there would be a "lodge room" memorial. The Lodge Room is complete with a "coffin cabinet" and large oak desk where brothers could single file carry their amerynth and say their final good byes, before a procession carrying the Elk brother up Main Street to the Catholic Cemetary and graveside service.
The Lodge was chartered in 1900 and the Founding Exalted Ruler was none other than the historic figure of John Kidder, of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad (NCNG). Known to all in the Sierras as the "Never Come, Never Go".
The beautiful Lodge is a well cared for jewel in the heart of downtown Grass Valley and at the top of Main Street. The Lodge building was completed in 1912 & dedicated in September, 1913 and remains today with much of the early 1900 integrity as designed by the SF Architect firm of William Mooser II.
The Lodge Room showcases the vaulted cathedral ceilings, high arched windows, magnificent woodwork, and an altar centerpiece of magnificent and artfully designed Riordan stained glass. This illustrates the stations of Fidelity, Charity, Justice and Brotherly Love.
The Ballroom is of the rare "spring loaded" floating floor types, has high vaulted cathedral cealings, and contains a small stage in the front, and a full bar in the rear. It also has historical art renditions, depicting the early landscapes and lends itself to a magical ambience of "turn of the century" charm for your special event or reception.
The Grass Valley Elks Lodge has a early 1900's charm & style rarely found in the modern day. Click here for directions to our historic Lodge..