National Register of Historic Places in Sutter County

National Register #997001657: Live Oak Historic Commercial District, California Broadway Street in Live Oak, California
National Register #997001657: Live Oak Historic Commercial District, California Old IOOF Building (c1878) and New IOOF Building (1927)
National Register #997001657: Live Oak Historic Commercial District, California

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National Register #997001657
Live Oak Historic Commercial District
Broadway Between Pennington and Elm
Live Oak
Founded 1875

The Live Oak Historic Commercial District represents the development of commerce in the city from around 1875 to the beginning of the Great Depression. The district provides the city's only collection of commercial buildings constructed before 1930. It has strong links to the coming of the railroad and early retail business as well as later commercial development. Although the district has changed its appearance somewhat since 1930, it retains a high degree of architectural integrity and maintains its associations to the historic period. Source: NRHP nomination.

The Live Oak Historic Commercial District covers eighty-eight acres containing eight contributing buildings.

The top photograph shows the old IOOF building on the left and the new IOOF building on the right. A marker on the facade of the new IOOF building reads:

Odd Fellows Building

The southern portion of this property, clad in stucco, was constructed c1878, about the time Live Oak was founded. It is the oldest surviving commercial building on Broadway Street. The Live Oak Hall Association held meetings, lectures, and dances on the second floor starting in 1878. The first floor held a grocery store for many years. A bakery and confectionary also occupied the building in the twentieth century. The International Order of the Odd Fellows purchased the building in 1911, using the second story for its meeting hall. The Live Oak Women's Club also met here in 1913.

In 1927 North Butte Lodge #267 I.O.O.F. constructed the larger brick building. The second story contained a banquet hall and was joined with the meeting rooms of the older building. First floor occupants in the newer building included the library, Bentley's Hardware, physicians, and an ice cream parlor. By the late twentieth century the Odd Fellows no longer used the hall and the building fell into disrepair. In 2000 Mercy Housing California, in a partnership with the city of Live Oak, rehabilitated the building, including seismic retrofitting, for senior housing and commercial uses.

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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