Where do you see 1848 on the building? I don't believe that date could possibly be correct. My notes say it was built in 1891. It was designed by Charles F. Sparrell. He also designed the old City Hall, Garfield and Mckinley schools and the building where Viewpoint Books is located.
You must be right. I walked over and snapped a picture knowing I had seen 1848 - however, there is another date of 1893 as well... I'm wondering if 1848 was when the IOOF came to Columbus and 1893 was when they built or bought the lodge. The Lodge number is 58.
I think the IOOF was formed in 1838 in the US if I remember correctly and around the late 1840's were springing up in many towns.
Great information and thank you! If you have anymore about the building, keep it coming!
This was a response from the Bartholomew County Historical Society:
"As for the Odd Fellows building, we were not able to find any photos of it but we did find some bits and pieces of information in a couple of different places. In one source we found that the land was purchased by Victor A. Schnell in 1874 and later that the David And Henderson Undertakers and Fine Furniture occupied the space in 1890. Then in another book we found a few more things. The old Catholic Church used to be where the Odd Fellows building is located. It also said that the Odd Fellows building is one of the original Masonic lodges in Columbus. It then said that the Odd Fellows bought the property in 1889 and built the hall in 1891. This is the information that our research volunteers found, but if would like photocopies or to view it in person then just let us know and we can help you out.
As far as maps go, the main one we have is the 1879 atlas that looks the same as the picture that you sent. I don’t think we have that many more pre-1940’s ones. There is a really old plat map of the main downtown, but it is extremely simple and small and I don’t think it even has any names or addresses or anything on it. Another possibility would be if you can find the Sanborn fire insurance maps that show the region. I think the IUPUI library is getting them all digitized for online view, but you might have to check and see how that is going to work."
The Sanborn Insurance Maps of 1890 shows a small unnamed building on the southeast corner of 6th and Washington St., north of that building shows the Catholic Church and then the Catholic School.
The Sanborn Maps of 1892 shows a new building being built on the southeast corner of 6th and Washington St, with the new tenets being offices on the second floor and the Odd Fellows Hall on the third floor, no mention of the ground floor.
The Maps of 1906 shows a furniture store on the ground floor, a Undertaker on the second floor and the Odd fellows Hall on the third floor.
Post by David Sechrest on Sept 29, 2013 13:35:23 GMT -5
I am just getting into reading the posts of slsanders. I can shed a little info.
In the pic you provided with the names: One is David Stobo. In 1903, Stobo was Secretary of CITIZENS BUILDING & LOAN ASSOCIATION, and also sat on the Insurance Board of Columbus. In January, 1889, Stobo was assigned as Col. John A. Keith's guardian. Keith had been recommitted to the insane asylum in Indianapolis, and was taken there in December, 1888. At the time of his committal, Keith owed Frank Crump $28,000. Stobo, acting as his guardian, auctioned off most, if not all, of Keith's property holdings on January 28, 1889. The auction was held in the Courthouse. Stobo must have been a member of the lodge, you think?
Adam Keller--I believe Adam Keller was one-half of Brockman and Keller, but I need to double check. Brockman & Keller was a contracting firm in Columbus in the latter half of the 1800s. They were awarded the contract to build the Crump Theatre, and I think they also built the old A. Tross building, but I need to verify that.
The other picture that shows the dates 1848 and 1893: I believe that 1848 denotes the date that the Oddfellows lodge was first founded in Columbus, with the 1893 date denoting the date the building was erected.
David Sechrest Historic Columbus Indiana Progress should not ignore its roots and pillage our heritage in the process. Cultural, social, and historical should be part of the process, for it is the path and not the destination that is important - S. Givens