Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge Number 878
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge Number 878, May 2009
|Location||82-10, 82-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, New York|
|Area||0.69 acres (0.28 ha)|
|Built by||McIntee Construction Co.|
|Architect||Ballinger Company, The; Strauss, Sidney L.|
|Architectural style||Italian Renaissance|
|NRHP reference #||14000938|
|Added to NRHP||November 19, 2014|
|Designated NYCL||August 14, 2001|
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge Number 878 is a historic Elks lodge located in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York. The main building and annex were built in 1923-1924, and is a 3 1/2-story, Italian Renaissance style brick building. A three-story rear addition was added in 1930. The building features a granite-block terrace and granite balustrade, limestone arched entrance, and an elaborate terra cotta cornice. It was once was the largest such lodge in the Eastern United States, with 60 inn rooms, bowling alleys, billiards, a ladies' lounge, and a 50 feet (15 m) bar. The Ballinger Company designed the building, which is made of granite, limestone, and brick. A statue of an elk is located near the Queens Boulevard entrance.
Later, the building became an Extreme Championship Wrestling venue and then the New Life Fellowship Church. Wrestling groups, including USA Pro Wrestling, The Long Island Wrestling Federation, Ultimate Championship Wrestling/Impact Championship Wrestling, and Extreme Championship Wrestling, ran shows at the Elks Lodge on Queens Boulevard from 1997-2003. The Elks Lodge is also home to the New Life Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that oversees services including and an ESL (English as a Second Language) program for immigrants. In 2001, the Elks sold its main building to New Life Fellowship Church; it continues to meet in the annex as the Brooklyn Queens Borough Elks Lodge.:5
- List of New York City Designated Landmarks in Queens
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Queens County, New York
- "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 11/17/14 through 11/21/14. National Park Service. 2014-11-28.
- Walsh, Kevin (June 2002). "ELMHURST, Queens". Forgotten NY. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
- "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2015-12-01.[permanent dead link] Note: This includes Gregory Dietrich (August 2014). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge Number 878" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-12-01. See also: "Accompanying photos".
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