With a cornerstone dating back to 1909, the Sandy Spring Odd Fellows Lodge played a significant role in the area’s African American community, particularly from the 1920's through the 1960's. Not only did the Sandy Spring Odd Fellows serve as a health and life insurance agency for its members – highly significant services before welfare and Social Security were implemented -- the group also hosted social events, from trips to places around the world to dances held at the Odd Fellows Lodge. In fact, the lodge was well-known for its dances because it was one of the few places accessible to African Americans for socializing during the era of segregation. As such, the Sandy Spring Odd Fellows Lodge played a central role in the community and was a hub for social life throughout the early to mid 1900s.
The lodge had been abandoned for approximately 30 years, during which time the building suffered severe water damage and deterioration. The Odd Fellows Lodge Preservation Committee was established to preserve the historic building. Through capital grants from the Maryland Historical Trust, private donations and a state bond bill, the Odd Fellows Lodge Preservation Committee raised money to begin phase one of the restoration project in the summer of 2008. TJT Architects prepared the stabilzation and rehabilitation plans for Phase One and is currently working on the Final Phase drawings for completing the project.
The Odd Fellows Lodge project was a recipient of the Maryland Preservation Award for Project Excellence by the Maryland Historic Trust.
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Odd Fellows Lodge - Phase 1 Complete
Odd Fellows Lodge - Before
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