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Odd Fellows rings insignia to be restored and reinstalled downtown

The restored Odd Fellows rings insignia will again adorn the front façade of Odd Fellows Hall at 7979 Leary Way in downtown Redmond on Dec. 4.

Artech, Inc. of Seattle will reinstall the rings. The restoration process was coordinated by Redmond's Bar and Grill owner Tim Short, with support from the city's Heritage Grant Program, which provides funding to help support the long-term maintenance and preservation of Redmond's landmark buildings and places. Some of these locations include the Orson Wiley Stone House (The Stone House Café), Bill Brown's Building (The Matador), the Anderson Park picnic shelter and the historic building of the former Addi-Bon Café (El Toreador).

The Odd Fellows Hall is a designated historic landmark and is one of the most prominent wood frame buildings in downtown Redmond. This two-story commercial building is located near the center of the historic business district. Built in 1903, this structure served many purposes for the local community: meeting hall, fraternal lodge for the Redmond Eagles and then the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, performance and dance hall featuring the Les LaBrie Orchestra, the city's first movie venue, commercial space for Edwardian Antiques and now a dining and entertainment establishment for Redmond's Bar and Grill.

As Redmond grew during the early 1900s, it developed an array of economic, social and cultural institutions commonly associated with the establishment of communities in the American West. Redmond's Independent Order of Odd Fellows was established in 1923 and like most fraternal organizations, was a means by which residents could reach out and provide support for one another. Typical activities at the Odd Fellows Hall included holiday celebrations, Thanksgiving dinners, rummage sales, community dances, theatrical events, card parties and more.

For additional information regarding this historic landmark, visit www.redmond.gov/Government/HistoricPreservation/CityLandmarks or contact Kimberly Dietz at (425) 556-2415 or kdietz@redmond.gov. For Redmond's Bar and Grill, visit redmondsgrill.com or call (425) 558-9800. And for Redmond history, contact the Redmond Historical Society at www.redmondhistoricalsociety.org and (425) 885-2919.

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