Mariposa County Points of Interest

Odd Fellows Hall in Coulterville 18 April 2008
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Coulterville Odd Fellows Hall
Main Street
Built 1900

This two-story wood-frame structure in the Greek Revival architectural style was constructed shortly after the fire of 1899 on the site of an earlier lodge building.

Its facade is dominated by a two-story veranda reaching across the width of the structure. This porch is supported by four turned columns at each level. Balusters on the second level are arranged in an interesting pattern of intersecting diagonals.

The structure is sheathed in shiplap siding of redwood. Fenestration consists of six-over-six double-hung sash. A one-story extension was added to the rear of the lodge in 1925 and has served as a kitchen and dining area for the lodge.

The interior of this structure is almost completely intact. A large meeting room surrounded by several smaller meeting rooms is located on the second story. The lower level is a large, open dance hall and meeting room, with a stage and proscenium at the rear.

The Coulterville Odd Fellows Hall contributes to the National Register Coulterville Historic District.

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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