The Odd Fellows Hall is a charming historic building near the intersection of 16th Street Mall and Champa Street. The Late Victorian-Commercial Style building is a now a designated Denver Landmark. It was built in 1889 in the Romanesque Revival style, designed by architect Emmett Anthony and located in Denver’s Central Business District. Originally, the Hall housed the Dutch Mill Café, which opened in 1910 as a cabaret located on the main floor. The two upper floors housed the Odd Fellows, one of the largest and oldest fraternal orders in the US. Notable building features include a square corner tower, classical entablature, finials, arches, a dentiled cornice, and storefront windows. The Cafe closed in 1935, and the Odd Fellows sold the property in 1983 with extensive renovations to the building to follow. Still visible on the building are some unique pieces of history: “Union Lodge No. 1” appears above a large arched German glass window on the third floor; signs on the building read: “Odd Fellows Hall,” “Jerry Green Florist” and “The Dutch Mill Cafeteria” and signs on nearby buildings read: “Burt’s” and “Beeman’s Shoes.”
Here is an image of the Odd Fellows Hall, courtesy of Doors Open Denver.
Today, Odd Fellows Hall houses the law firm Killmer, Lane & Newman, includes a four-story atrium, glass elevator, and ground floor restaurants Laguna’ s Mexican Restaurant and Mermaids Bakery. From the Hall there is easy access to public transportation, only one half block from 16th Street Free Mall Ride and 2 blocks from light rail stations at 16th and Stout and the Denver Convention Center. Similarly, the nearby16th Street Mall itself offers easily accessible shops, restaurants and amenities.
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