Odd Fellows Building and Auditorium - Atlanta, GA
Posted by: Lat34North
N 33° 45.327 W 084° 22.776
16S E 742712 N 3738126
Quick Description: Odd Fellows Building and Auditorium located at 228-250 Auburn Avenue, Sweet Auburn Historic District, Atlanta, Georgia.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 11:12:20 AM
Waymark Code: WM3FNE
Odd Fellows Building and Auditorium located at 228-250 Auburn Avenue, Sweet Auburn Historic District, Atlanta, Georgia.
A short walk from the Martin Luther King Center, Georgia State University, the Grady Medical Center and Woodruff park.
History of the building - source (visit link
The Atlanta Chapter of the Grand Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization supporting and networking the black business community, built this substantial building as their headquarters and to provide much needed office, retail, professional, meeting and entertainment space for African Americans in Atlanta. One of the major black entrepreneurial centers in America, this well appointed building provided space for The Gate City Drug Store (later Yates and Milton; owned by the first black pharmacist in Georgia, Dr.Amos Moses), Baileys Royal Theatre, Curry-Hall Haberdasher, the offices of Dr. Shaw (Atlanta's first black optometrist), The Gate City Barber Shop, Sportsmans Smoke House and the House of Flowers to mention a few.
The Odd Fellows Auditorium in the Annex became a center for entertainment as soon as it opened. The Royal Theatre was located in the Annex and was the only movie house in Atlanta where Blacks could be seated on the main floor. The roof garden created a space to dine and dance in an elegant atmosphere.
The buildings were restored in the late 1980's and established a benchmark for redevelopment in the Sweet Auburn Historic District.
Note: When I visited the site there had been a fire in the bulding across the street and the street was blocked off.