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Catalog Number WF 0247.A,B
Caption Elks' Arch
Description This temporary arch was erected over Commercial Avenue at 6th Street for the Washington State Convention of "10,000" Elks who converged on Anacortes during August 17-19, 1923. An "official decorator" came to Anacortes in August 1922 to transform Commercial Avenue. The 8-17-1922, ANACORTES AMERICAN reported, "Gay flags will blanket city". "At 6th and Commercial the big Elks arch stands decorated with flags, bunting, and Elks' [sic] heads. All telegraph and telephone poles are decorated with flags, bunting, and greenery, the latter furnished and put up by the Boys Club." This view looks toward the corner of 6th and Commercial and the Vendome Hotel. The buildings visible on the east (right) side of Commercial, between 5th and 6th streets are: the original building of Funk's City Bakery and Grocery (c. 1891, north of the Vendome Hotel), in which is housed the short-lived Merchant's Cafe mentioned in the 1923 Anacortes High School annual; a building north of the cafe which originally stood on 2nd Street (see WF 0080); north of the alley is the Ronneberger Building which houses the Rose Theater. The Rose Theater was redecorated as the "Purple Dimple" Cabaret for the Washington State Elks Convention, and the 8-17-1922 paper reported, "the decorations on the outside are great." The McNaught Building at the NE corner of 5th and Commercial is also visible and houses the Anacortes Mercantile Company. Also see WF 0246.
Date 1922/08/17
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Place - Commercial Avenue
Organization - Fraternal
Structure - Business
Transportation - Land
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Elks Arch
Commercial Avenue
Washington State Convention of "10,000" Elks
Vendome Hotel
Funk's City Bakery and Grocery
Merchant's Cafe
McCracken Building
Rose Theater
Purple Dimple Cabaret
McNaught Building
Anacortes Mercantile Company
Object Name Print, Photographic