Odd Fellows Block

Also known as: Odd Fellows Hall, IOOF Hall
175 E. Kansas Street, Afton, Iowa


Odd Fellows Block

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The Odd Fellows Block is comprised of the original 1883, two-story, single bay building and the 1898, two-story, double bay addition on the west. Both sections of the Odd Fellows Block are brick on a limestone foundation.

The Odd Fellows Block is considered eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C. The building is locally significant as a well-preserved example of a late nineteenth century commercial building in the Italianate style. The Odd Fellows Block exemplifies the Italianate style applied to commercial buildings, which was popular in the 1870s through the 1890s. The commercial Italianate is characterized by the use of tall and narrow upper story windows with ornate hoods or window surrounds, a prominent cornice with elaborate details, a highly decorative storefront cornice capping the storefronts, and equally ornate structural elements in the storefront (e.g. cast columns). The Italianate is fully expressed in both sections ofthe Odd Fellows Block, although, given its later construction date, it is not surprising that the addition on the west is somewhat more restrained in decorative expression that the earlier building.

Posted to the NRHP 1-15-2014

Update Log 

  • April 10, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • August 14, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added tags & NRHP date
  • July 28, 2014: Added by Dave King