National Register of Historic Places in San Joaquin County

National Register #82002257: Odd Fellows Hall in Woodbridge, California 17 February 2007
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National Register #82002257
Woodbridge IOOF Hall
18961 North Lower Sacramento Road
Built 1861
Expanded 1874

The town of Woodbridge is historically significant as an early transportation crossroads and as the site of an important ferry over the Mokelumne River. The IOOF Hall is one of three architecturally significant buildings remaining in Woodbridge.

The building was originally the Lavinsky Store, a one-story brick building erected in 1861. The structure was remodeled in 1874 to house the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in a second-story addition.

Architecturally, the IOOF Hall is typical of brick buildings erected throughout the American West, buildings with commercial space on the ground floor and meeting space above for fraternal orders. Fraternal orders played an important role in the early settlement period. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was one of the most important of these fraternal orders.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in February 1982.

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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