Online Auction Ends August 16
This stately building of brick and stone was home to the Bedford Elks (fraternal organization established in 1903), since its completion in 1917. Designed by Indianapolis architect Elmer E. Dunlap, the two-story building is a beautiful example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style and incorporates beautiful exterior engravings, arched windows, & Bedford limestone pillars. It features two balconies, a flat rooftop, imperial staircase, limestone columns, and engraved plaques. It hosted uncountable community festivals, patriotic celebrations, elaborate gatherings, and charitable events from its once-breathtaking rooftop garden, Grand Hall, and numerous meeting rooms. Other original features include a kitchen & dining area in the basement and massive fireplaces.
In 2015, the Elks could no longer maintain the building and donated it to the Bedford Urban Enterprise Association (UEA). The lodge is situated on two town lots in historic downtown Bedford and includes off-street parking (54 spaces). A new roof was installed 10-12 years ago. The size of the structure and extent of necessary repairs will make restoration or repurposing a challenge, but its impressive design and notable history create a unique opportunity to re-establish its grandeur and purpose. The building is located in a National Register and locally designated historic district and exterior changes must be reviewed and approved by the local preservation commission. The lodge also eligible for Federal rehabilitation tax credits.
An inspection/open house will be held Wednesday, August 9, by appointment only (call 812-738-9476). Online auction bidding ends Wednesday, August 16 at 4 p.m. Learn more on auction website.