The Elks Art Center

The Elks Art Center

Conveniently located at 1174 North First Street, Downtown Abilene, on the corner of North First and Cedar between the Grace Museum and the National Center for Childrens Illustrated Literature, in the T&P Historic District.

The Elks Arts Center is home to the Abilene Preservation League offices. It has a beautiful second-floor ballroom and two smaller rooms available for rent.

In addition to rentals for occasions, the Elks Arts Center's mission is to provide a home base for arts and non-profit groups in the area. If you would like more information about leasing space in the Elks building, please contact us.

The Elks Arts Center was built in 1913 as the Lodge for the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks. It was restored in 2000-2001 by the Abilene Preservation League and its supporters.

The ballroom is approximately 65 feet by 60 feet and has six arched windows.

During World War II the Elks building served as the USO headquarters to serve the thousands of troops stationed at Camp Barkeley, southwest of Abilene.

Renting the Elks Ballroom

The ballroom is available for wedding receptions, rehearsals, auditions, performances, parties, receptions, weddings, meetings, workshops and conferences. All rentals include tables and chairs, set-up and takedown. Rentals are available seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 12 midnight. Weekend rentals are only for eight or twelve hour periods. On other days there is a three-hour minimum on hourly rentals.

The ballroom has a baby grand piano and a sound system, both included with the rental fee (a tuning fee is required for the piano). There is an additional fee for set-up of the stage platforms.

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For pricing, click on the button below or call us and tell us about the particular event you have in mind, 325-676-3775, extension 1. We'll recommend a package for you. Our e-mail address for questions is

Abilene Preservation League members receive a 10% discount.