The Odd Fellows Building has stood watch at the corner of Third and Ford Streets in downtown McMinnville for 100 years. And even though it looks marvelous for its age, the sturdy sentinel is getting a facelift as it begins its second century,Tim McDaniel, of Home Again Property Management in McMinnville, is overseeing the upgrade for Shakti Enterprises, a limited liability company owned by the Krishnamurthy family of Portland. The company bought the building from real estate developer Sandra McLeod two years ago for a reported $2.4 million.
The three-story building is being pressure-washed and painted in muted colors that fit in with the Downtown Historic District. Rooftop chimneys that could pose a threat in an earthquake are being taken down.New awnings being custom-made by Salem Tent and Awning will adorn two sides of the building, providing a finishing touch. The new owners are wonderful to work with and display a strong commitment to upkeep, McDaniel said. The structure is home to seven upscale residences on the second and third floors, all occupied, along with eight commercial offices, including anchor tenant Wine Country Kitchen, on the street level. The full cement basement has exposed 10-inch-square structural timbers. Used for storage, it features a working basement-to-street freight elevator on the Ford Street side.
It was built for the International Order of Odd Fellows in 1909 as a lodge hall. Its block shape is framed in Willamina brick, covered on the top floors by a rough stucco façade.
A parapet wall, cornice ornament and piers of cut brickwork are exposed on the east side. The parapet is interrupted by a false gable.
Window treatment, or fenestration, is considered irregular. One-over-one double-hung sash windows are paired under multi-lit arched transoms.
Several windows toward the rear are flat-arched. Two arches on the façade are flanked by narrower, double-hung sash windows.
The building replaced an earlier hall, built on the same site in 1887. Historical District documents list the bricklayer as a man named Flynn.
According to documents, the replacement building has a cornerstone holding a cache of coins, souvenirs, personal cards, bank and school data and lists of officers of the IOOF and the Rebekah Lodge — the IOOF’s women’s auxiliary. The cornerstone inscription reads, “Occidental Lodge No. 30, IOOF, June 26, 1909.”
Even in this down economy, the building is enjoying full occupancy, with the last vacant office to be filled in about two months by a tenant not ready for public disclosure. To have the building full in this economic climate is a testament to the effectiveness of the McMinnville Downtown Association and the willingness of the owners to invest in upgrades and work with tenants, McDaniel said.
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