Historic Sites and Points of Interest in Humboldt County
This two-story commercial false-front building is a blend of 19th century and 20th century architectural styles.
The building was constructed as the first Masonic Hall in Ferndale. The Odd Fellows rented meeting space until 1878 when they purchased half interest in the building. After that, it was known as the Masonic-Odd Fellows Hall.
In 1890, after a new Masonic Temple was completed, the Odd Fellows bought the half remaining interest.
The Ferndale Grange Association was the original tenant of the store space downstairs.
The Masonic-Odd Fellows Hall contributes to the Ferndale Main Street Historic District which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) is an altruistic fraternal organization derived from the similar English Oddfellows service organizations which came into being during the 1700s....Although in Britain the Odd Fellows tended to meet in pubs, in the U.S. the lodges often built their own facilities. Many of these are now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places....
From Wikipedia entry for Independent Order of Odd Fellows
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