Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
2701 East Lake: International Order of Odd Fellows
The Museum in the Streets: Minneapolis, Minnesota
— 27th and Lake: Industry and Transportation Infrastructure —
Since the 1880s, 27th Avenue and Lake Street has been a center of commercial activity. The area was linked to downtown Minneapolis in 1890 when the electric streetcar was extended down Minnehaha Avenue en route to Minnehaha Park. Its future as a bustling retail node was secured when, in 1909, the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Flour City Lodge #118 built an impressive stone, steel, and brick building at the intersection. In addition to accommodating the needs of the IOOF, the building was expected to improve the neighborhood because of its size and because it represented the faith the organization had in Lake Street. By the 1920s, the area was a complete shopping district with banks, department stores, professional offices, restaurants, ballrooms, and theaters, all within just blocks of the IOOF building.
Erected 2012 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number 15.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Minneapolis, Minnesota series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 44° 56.912′ N, 93° 13.997′ W. Marker was in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker was at the intersection of 27th Avenue S. and E. Lake Street, on the right when traveling south on 27th Avenue S.. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 2610 E Lake Street, Minneapolis MN 55407, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. 2629 East Lake: Minnehaha Grill (within shouting distance of this marker); Longfellow School (within shouting distance of this marker); 3010 Minnehaha Avenue South: Fire Station No. 21 (within shouting distance of this marker); 3012 Minnehaha Avenue South: Lauritzen Wagon and Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); 2721-23 East Lake: Lake Theater (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Minneapolis-Moline (about 400 feet away); 2730 East 31st Street: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (about 700 feet away); Snelling Avenue: African American Community (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
1. Building destroyed
This building burned to the ground during the night of May 28–29, 2020, amid the civil unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
— Submitted June 16, 2020, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 28, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.