Elk's Lodge Number 99, built in 1925, now the Park Plaza Hotel – 607 South Park View, just off Wilshire Boulevard near downtown Los Angeles – the work of the Art Deco architect Claude Beelman, during the time he was a Senior Partner at the firm he co-owned, Curlett and Beelman. It faces MacArthur Park.
Curlett and Beelman were big out here in the twenties – the Culver Hotel in Culver City, the Eastern Columbia Building downtown, the Roosevelt Hotel and Security Pacific Bank Building on Hollywood Boulevard, and many others.
This building is Neo-Gothic, not Art Deco, and includes a brass sculpture of a set of elk antlers embedded in the clock above the entry. The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks sold the building long ago and it fell into disrepair, but it has been restored as a luxury hotel. In 1983 the building was declared a Los Angles Historic Cultural Monument.
The pool area hosted indoor swimming events during the 1932 Summer Olympics. The site has been used in movies – The Mask, Bugsy and The Bodyguard – and you might have seen it in Chaplin, Nixon, Fisher King and Wild at Heart.
Architects Claude Beelman and Aleck Curlett had a lot of fun with this one. Perhaps they were trying to frighten people. The Roaring Twenties seems to have been a very dark time out here.