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Safford in Graham County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Odd Fellows Home


Odd Fellows Home Marker image. Click for full size.
cmh2315fl via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), November 19, 2018
1. Odd Fellows Home Marker
Inscription.  In June 1920, the State Lodge of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs announced that a home for orphans and the elderly would be built on the 13-acre Beebe Homestead in Safford. Construction started in December from plans drawn by architect William Bray of Tucson at an estimated cost of $60,000. The center portion of the planned larger facility was completed by Gratz Brown of Safford for $38,000. The additional two wings were never completed. The grand opening was held April 25, 1922.

The construction is Tudor Revival with concrete foundations, locally burned brick, stone belt courses, stone door and window surrounds and a gable roof with two cross gables at the rear. The front porch is graced by four front and two side arches. A seal highlights the top pediment and open oriels with sculpture adorn the porch sides.

For 25 years, the facility served as a home for elderly convalescents and 33 orphans and half orphans. Garden crops, an orchard and farm animals were raised on the grounds. The building was used as a meeting and social hall after 1953. The City of Safford acquired the building and used it as the Safford Public Library from
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1963 until 1991. The upper floor housed the Graham County Historical Society from 1965 until 1999.

A restoration study was completed in 1993 and the "Save Old Safford" committee was formed to gather restoration ideas. The Mayor's Historic Restoration Committee began preliminary work in 1995 with an allocated $50,000. Grants by the city and state followed.

Windows were repaired. Rain gutters and a storage shed were removed. 1997-98 saw the front porch taken down, a new foundation provided, the original blocks recast, and the porch replaced. New railings were placed and reconstruction of statues of Rebekah at the Well and the Good Samaritan for the porch alcoves began.

Interior restoration began in 2000 and the City of Safford moved offices into the facility. Some rooms are available for public use. Landscaping and outdoor features have been improved. Restoration is continuing.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Erected by City of Safford.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkFraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical date for this entry is April 25, 1922.
Location. 32° 49.823′ N, 109° 43.005′ W. Marker is in Safford, Arizona
Odd Fellows Home Marker image. Click for full size.
cmh2315fl via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0), November 19, 2018
2. Odd Fellows Home Marker
, in Graham County. Marker can be reached from South 8th Avenue south of West 8th Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on the porch of the building, now known as Safford City Hall Annex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 808 S 8th Ave, Safford AZ 85546, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Safford City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Graham County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arizona Bank & Trust Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mormon Pioneers' Arrival in Salt Lake Valley - Sesquicentennial Plaque (approx. 0.3 miles away); Womans Club of Safford (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spencer W. Kimball Childhood Home (approx. 2.6 miles away); Solomon (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gila Valley Bank (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Safford.
Also see . . .  Oddfellows Home. National Register of Historic Places nomination (PDF) submitted for the building. (National Park Service) (Submitted on April 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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May. 31, 2023