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Odd Fellows’ three links combine to represent a chain. “The first represents friendship, the second love and the third truth”, Read More >>
Bruce R. Kenyon, a long-term Redmond resident and 57 year member I.O.O.F. described. His family includes five generations of Odd Fellows including his service as the former Grand Ruler (presiding Officer) of the Washington and Alaska jurisdiction and his wife’s service as Secretary of the California jurisdiction as well as the Odd Fellows’ youth organization – the United Youth Group. He recalled assisting with a haunted house event at the Odd Fellows Hall in the 1970’s – “kids came in the front door, up the stairs, and out the back door”. A former classmate of Mr. Kenyon, Judy Lang remembered attending Friday night Teen Canteen dances at Odd Fellows Hall, chaperoned by Mae and “Weed” Sorwiede; “These were for Redmond kids. They locked you in and you stayed because once you left, you were done for the night.” She described the Canteen as a safe place for Redmond’s youth to gather while their parents enjoyed other Downtown Redmond establishments.
The restoration and installation process was coordinated by Tim Short, proprietor of Redmond’s Bar and Grill with support from the City of Redmond’s Heritage Grant Program for the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of historic properties.
Artech, Inc. handles and restores art and cultural pieces throughout the Puget Sound and managed the restoration of the Odd Fellows links. To learn more about the Odd Fellows Hall and the restoration process, visit: http://www.redmond.gov/
Government/ HistoricPreservation/ CityLandmarks/oddfellowshall