Bedford Elks Lodge conceptual design : Prepared by the Community Design Assistance Center for the Bedford Elks Lodge #2844, Bedford, Virginia
The Elks Lodge #2844 of Bedford, Virginia hired the Community Design Assistance Center (CDAC) to develop a conceptual architectural design and site plan for a new Elks lodge. The Bedford Elks recently purchased a 5-acre parcel that is adjacent to the National Elks Home to build their new lodge. Due to the site’s close proximity to the grand and iconic National Elks Home, members desire the new lodge to reflect the architectural style of the National Home, while maintaining their spatial needs and budget as well as their own distinct identity.
The Bedford Elks envision their new building to be capable of a variety of uses. A large banquet hall that would be functional as a meeting place for lodge members as well as a transformable space for producing revenue through event rental is desired. In addition, the lodge should contain a kitchen capable of serving the banquet hall, an Elks Room for members only, and office space.
The site boasts an excellent view of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as the National Elks Home, and a building that takes advantage of these views is desired. The Elks envision the new lodge to be a place for daily business as well as special events and would like to create a destination within the community.