St. Charles Odd Fellows Hall
Built in 1878 by the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows (IOOF), St. Charles Odd Fellows Hall is an excellent example of Second Empire architecture. The IOOF, which is a fraternal organization, was established in Missouri in 1835; the St. Charles chapter, or lodge, was founded in 1858. The second floor included a dance hall, theater space, and a lounge, and the third floor was used as meeting space. The first floor and lower level were leased to a bank and a title company. Today, it appears that the building continues to be used for commercial purposes.
Backstory and Context
Pitman, Penny. "St. Charles Odd Fellows Hall." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. April 13, 1987. https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/87000569.pdf.
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