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2701 East Lake: International Order of Odd Fellows

The Museum in the Streets: Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

— 27th and Lake: Industry and Transportation Infrastructure —

 
2701 East Lake: International Order of Odd Fellows marker image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, May 26, 2019
1. 2701 East Lake: International Order of Odd Fellows marker
Inscription.  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.

Desde los 1880, 27th Avenue y Lake Street han sido un centro de actividad comercial. La zona estaba ligada al centro de Minneapolis en 1890 cuando se extendió el tranvía por Minnhaha Avenue en ruta a Minnehaha Park. Se aseguró su futuro como centro minorista cuando en 1909, la Orden de Odd Fellows International Order

Marker at the northwest corner of E. Lake St. and 27th Ave. with IOOF Hall across the intersection image. Click for full size.
By McGhiever, May 26, 2019
2. Marker at the northwest corner of E. Lake St. and 27th Ave. with IOOF Hall across the intersection
of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Flour City Lodge #118 constuyó un impresionante edificio de piedra, hierro y ladrillo en la intersección. Además de acomodar las necesidades del IOO, se supornía que el edificio mejorara el barrio por su tamaño y porque representaba la fe de la organización en Lake Street. En los 1920, el área era una zona de compras completa, con bancos, tiendas grandes, oficinas, restaurantes, galones de baile, y teatros, todo a unas cuadras del edificio IOOF.

This panel is sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council
 
Erected 2012 by Lake Street Council. Sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council. (Marker Number 15.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsIndustry & Commerce.
 
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

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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.
 
Additional comments.
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 June 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 28, 2019, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 102 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.
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