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Eagles Building

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)


This Renaissance Revival building with its terra cotta, symmetrical façade and its three Roman arches supported by Corinthian pilasters was the hub for downtown Lorain for most of its long life. The Fraternal Order of Eagles’ (F.O.E.) motto, Liberty-Truth-Justice-Equality, is etched upon its upper entablature. At its height, the F.O.E. had 3,500 members, making it the largest fraternal order in Lorain. The building was built in 1918 with reinforced concrete, due to shortages after the first world war, to house to Eagle Aerie 343 with only one floor, before three more floors being added after the 1924 tornado. During the prohibition era, the lodge served as a speakeasy and it is rumored, due to a mysterious lone bullet hole in a wall, that John Dillinger may have had an office in the basement. The first floor of the building was used for store fronts and was home to stores such as J.C. Penney, Hart Jewelry, Cane’s Surplus Store, Wear-U-Well Shoe Store, and Gorsage Restaurant. The upper floors included a bar, billiard rooms, administrative offices, and a dance hall. The building held events such as dinner-dances, musical performances, children’s holiday programs, theatrical performances, and boxing matches. What was once one of the most popular places to be, soon was forgotten after the wars as numerous veteran organizations were erected and membership for the F.O.E. dwindled. The building was abandoned in 1984, after membership depleted and the order moved to a smaller location.

575 Broadway Ave.
Lorain, Ohio 44052
  • Architecture and Historical Buildings
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This location was created on 2017-07-21 by Andreas Kolaczko .   It was last updated on 2017-08-03 by Kaitlyn Donaldson .

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