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Alexandria’s History Preserved By Elks Historic Lodge

The desire and initiative of Elks Lodge 48 on N. Henry Street to restore their historic building only grows in intensity. The Lodge got their long sought-after historic designation in May 2020. A $10,000 grant from The Historic Alexandria Foundation allowed them to do some roof repair, plastering, fixing the collapsed chimney flue and installing new floors and toilets in the bathrooms. They were able to stretch the funds with donation of sinks, hiring a plumber with a low rate and a lot of work by Elks brother Arthur Miller and other volunteers.  According to The Connection Newspapers, "The Lodge discovered a couple of years ago their long-utilized kitchen stove didn’t meet code and would require an expensive renovation including three flame retardant hoods. Since then they have been stymied in efforts to move forward by lack of a working kitchen. Carol Black, board member of the Historical Alexandria Resource Commission and volunteer construction manager, says the kitchen is the linchpin of the renovation." As per The Connection Newspapers, "Black says it’s interesting that the room was used for music then and has come round to music again. There is a lot of history within the walls of this building. The members lounge downstairs has a telephone booth in the corner by the pool tables and a jukebox along the wall. Behind the bar are historical pictures of Elks community events dating from the early 1900s."

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