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100-5015-0005 Odd Fellows Hall

Odd Fellows Hall
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/10/2003

NRHP Listing Date 01/16/2004

NPS property number 03001427

The Odd Fellows Hall was listed in the registers under a multiple property documentation form for the African American Historic Resources of Alexandria. It is one of only a few surviving structures from the period 1790 to 1953 in the city associated with African American community organizations as a meeting hall for secret organizations, benevolent groups, and others. It was also the site of many festivals and other social events because it was one of the few non-religious buildings in the city that could hold large groups of people that were not restricted according to race. Closed in 1974, it underwent extensive interior changes during its conversion into a multiple-family housing unit. The alterations and change in use, however, have not diminished its importance to Alexandria’s African American history. It is located in the oldest African American community there, “the Bottoms,” and served its residents for more than 100 years.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated February 19, 2019