Odd Fellows Hall

Posted: July 26, 2012 in HDR, Nikon D40, Ohio

I found this interesting building in Clayton, Ohio, when I was taking one of my random, “drive around with no particular place in mind to go” jaunts. These have often-times been quite effective in finding interesting scenes to photograph. This shot was no exception.

The building has, what I had originally thought to be an address (and later confirmed as an acronym) “IOOF.”  This stands for “Independent Order of Odd Fellows,” which makes sense seeing as how the sign right below it says “Odd Fellows Hall.” From a quick glance at Wikipedia, apparently the Odd Fellows Organization was a fraternal network founded in the 18th century upon the principals of “friendship, love, truth, faith, hope, charity and universal justice.” They sought to help those less fortunate through the good will of their members; who were comprised of ordinary men and women without regard to race, social status, religion, or nationality.

Wikipedia cites multiple sources for the “Odd Fellows” designation. Some have suggested that since the characteristic qualities of the organization were lacking at the time of its conception, members who exhibited such qualities were considered “odd.” It could also be reasoned that since the members were comprised of just ordinary folks from different walks of life and trades, they could also be considered “odd.”

I’m not sure if it is still used for Odd Fellows meetings, as there is, what looks to be, an antiques store in the building now, but in any case, the building is quite interesting and historical-looking.

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