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Vintage Photo: Elks Building
updated: Sep 29, 2013, 7:06 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I saw this framed photo at the Ventura flea market today -- marked "Elk's Building, Santa Barbara Calif". Anyone know where it is? It kinda looks like the corner of State & Figueroa where Bank of the West is (next to Kinko's). Is that correct?

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 ROB EGENOLF agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-29 07:24 PM

Yes that is indeed the southeast corner of Figueroa and State Street.

36 years ago my old office was the second floor window just to left of the round street light

 

 COMMENT 455439 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-29 07:30 PM

That is the SE corner of State and Figueroa. The building was erected after the 1925 earthquake to replace the previous Elks Building at that location which didn't survive all that shaking. Currently Bank of the West occupies the downstairs corner.

 

 COMMENT 455440 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-29 07:32 PM

I believe it might be the building on lower State St. By the Amtrak train station, where the Ronald Reagan Ranch Center is located looking north towards the Riviera.

 

 COMMENT 455447P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-29 08:05 PM

It is definitely the building at the corner of State and Figueroa. In the 40's the Montgomery Ward store was on the bottom floor, and the Elks were on the second or third floor. They apparently had a big hall there, etc. Now there are lawyers and accountants and such on the second floor and a law firm on the third floor. The top penthouse floor was recently remodeled into apartments for the owner's family, I believe.

 

 COMMENT 455448P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-29 08:06 PM

I just looked at it on Google street view. It's amazing how unchanged the building is.

 

 SBWATCHER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-29 11:51 PM

Even though the Elks Lodge no longer occupies the building, it still carries the symbol of the fraternal order. If you look carefully under the gable ends of the roof above the third floor you can see the circular symbol of the Elks set into the stucco wall. It has an elk head in relief with the letters "B.P.O.E." above, which stands for "Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks". It is easily seen from the sidewalk across State Street.

 

 COMMENT 455486 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-30 09:00 AM

I peddled my bike by the building this morning on my way to work, and it looks remarkably similar, mainly just having awnings added.

 

 COMMENT 455493 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-30 10:12 AM

State and Figueroa and for some of us old timers, we remember when it was Montgomery Wards.

 

 COMMENT 455496P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-30 10:16 AM

I recall the old Montgomery Ward Store and if I remember correctly it was either torn down or renovated and changed into a bank with offices above. I trust Rob Egenolf's remarks. I can read Elks building on framed photo, Also if BPOE symbol still remains on the building,it must have been renovated and not torn down.

 

 COMMENT 455518 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-30 11:44 AM

Definitely the old Monkey Wards store.

 

 COMMENT 455525 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-30 12:02 PM

Yes at one time it housed Montgomery Ward.

 

 COMMENT 455530 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-30 12:15 PM

So amazing and fun to hear the history of some of these buildings for those of us who weren't around yet. Thank you for sharing with us!

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-30 01:29 PM

I remember shopping at Monkey Wards when it was there, 1960s. They even sold saddles. Nice old picture, thanks for posting it.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-09-30 05:41 PM

I agree with all who remember Monkey Wards there. Several years later the arcade housed some good restaurants - the Chase and a great Jewish deli (what was that name?)

 

 COMMENT 455736 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-10-01 11:08 AM

This building was constructed for the Elks Club in 1926. The Montgomery Ward chain store was in it for several decades. Many childhood memories of shopping there. It was not demolished for bank use, but was remodeled.

 

 COMMENT 455931 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-10-01 08:14 PM

HOW did Montgomery Wards get it's name and nickname??

 

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