Situated on the Southeast Corner of 3rd street and Jefferson, The Historic and Architectural gem is the visual anchor and formal gateway of the Fire Blocks.
Completed in 1916 by celebrated Dayton architect Albert Pretzinger it was built in Georgian revival style. 5 stories before the addition of the rooftop penthouse; the building showcases some of downtowns best architectural detail.
Long empty street level store fronts and internal office space conversions is being brought
back to life with 3 new ground level, elevated restaurants and bar concepts. With the upper floors growing into 20 apartments highlighting historic architectural structure combined with with a focus on modern living. Capping off with a full penthouse loft and roof deck for use by the residents and leasable for special events, the Elks building will be a premier downtown location for
both residents and visitors.
DESIGN Located on the southeast corner of East Third and South Jefferson street, forms the gateway for the district. Constructed in 1915-16 in the Georgian Revival style, it was designed by Dayton architect, Albert Pretzinger. The building was rehabilitated in 1986. This five-story building features tripartite division red brick street facades, and classical details. Although the store fronts have been replaced, the simple square classical columns and the first-story cornice and belt course are still the primary visual elements of the ground floor facades. Second-story windows have concrete surrounds and sills. Third-story windows have brick arches with keystones. A belt course divides the fourth story from a band of small rectangular windows which are covered with decorative iron grillwork. The fifth story is composed of French doors, with round-arched transoms and keystones, that open onto shallow iron balconies. The building is capped with a heavy frieze and cornice with finalized iron work. A metal-sided penthouse, which was home for many years to Dayton mayor Dave Hall was placed on tope of the building in the 1960s.
HISTORY The Elks Building was built built by Adam Schantz, on of Dayton’s most prominent, progressive civic leader of the time. The building did actually house the Elks, but also housed many of the progressive organization promoted by Schantz. These included the Dayton Federation for Charity and Philanthropy and the Greater Dayton Association, and organization which did much to promote Dayton business and industry locally, nationally and even internationally.