I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge - Perry, OK
Posted by: hamquilter
N 36° 17.240 W 097° 17.201
14S E 653862 N 4017180
Quick Description: IOOF Grand Lodge of Oklahoma
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 8/21/2010 9:53:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM9H1T
The building at 615 Delaware Street, on the north side of the town square was built in 1894 and is on the National Register of Historic Places (#79002004). It was purchased by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1998, after which they completed restoration and preservation of the building. This included restoration of a large Oklahoma Territory mural on the East wall of the building. This is a two-story stone building, with basement.
The I.O.O.F. was the first fraternal organization in Perry. The Oklahoma I.O.O.F. Cherokee Lodge #14 was founded at the Hill Brothers Saloon in Hell's Half-Acre and chartered on November 2, 1893. The Rebekahs, a women's group for the I.O.O.F. was chartered locally on March 2, 1894. Both organization have continued from their inception.
The I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge houses a museum of I.O.O.F. artifacts on exhibit and record storage on the ground floor. Offices for both organization are in the rear and upstairs.
[Source: Plaque on building sponsored by "Main Street Perry" organization]
The building was built in 1894 by Adolph Wolleson to house his Boston Dry Goods Store. It has been occupied by various businesses over the years on the ground floor, including J.C. Penney, and tire and supply stores. The upstairs has been occupied by attorney offices and later hotels.
Date of construction: 1894
location website: [Web Link]
A unique picture, including yourself in the picture, or at least one with your GPS in the frame.