The Odd Fellows Building
The home of the Methuen-based Hope Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows was originally an elaborate four-story clubhouse, featuring a post office, stores, and a banquet hall.
Backstory and Context
Hope Lodge 34, I.O.O.F. was instituted in Methuen in 1844 by a group of prominent citizens including John Low and George A. Waldo. Although, initially an active chapter, the group surrendered their charter in 1855. Interest was revived in 1868 and the charter returned the following year with Daniel T. Morrison (who lived at 11 Park Street) elected as first noble grand. In 1879, meeting rooms for the Lodge were located in the James Dodge Store (271 Broadway). At the time of construction of the new Odd Fellows Building on Hampshire Street, the organization was in a strong financial position and had a membership of more than 200 individuals.