602-604 7th Street - I.O.O.F. Hall

The I.O.O.F. Lodge is the finest commercial building left in the upper town. It is a two-story, brick building erected by the Odd Fellows in 1922. The lodge room is upstairs, while the downstairs is two rentable store fronts - a typical arrangement in Oregon towns to provide income to the lodge. The store fronts are intact with plate glass and transoms. The entry door is marked with cast iron brackets and parapet walls. On the parapet is the marquee "1853 - Oregon Lodge No 3 - 1922". Centered at the second floor is a plaque with the I.O.O.F.'s three rings. Windows on the upper floor are 1/1 wood double-hung with 4-pane transom. The east wall was shotcreted after the removal of an adjacent building. There is a two-bay garage attached at the rear with round-edge siding and early garage doors.

 

Statement of Significance: Built most likely by banker Charles Caufield, son of Judge Robert and Jane Burnside Caufield. Original occupants were the Odd Fellows Fraternal Organization. The retail base was for many years occupied by Friedrich's Hardware, which occupied the ground floor of this building from at least 1933 through the entire historic period. This was the third location for C.W. Friedrich's store.