Clark Memorial Hall, photo submitted in 1986.
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Clark Memorial Hall
120-124 South Winter Street, Adrian - Lenawee County
Other Names Adrian I.O.O.F. Hall
Property Type brick building
Historic Use COMMERCE/TRADE/department store
SOCIAL/meeting hall
Current Use COMMERCE/TRADE
Style Other
Architect/Builder Beck and Vogt
Significant Person Elihu L. Clark
Narrative Description Clark Memorial Hall, also known as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall, is located in Adrian's central business district and in the National Historic Register recognized Adrian Downtown Commercial Historic District. The building is a two-story, rectangular structure with a mansard roof. Its principal facade material is orange-red brick, painted green, with a gray limestone water table. Cast and galvanized iron facade and entablature ornamentation, also painted green is also found on two of the facades. The first story was designed to house two shops; two doorways, with original wooden, double doors and window frames, remain intact. The top of the store front is defined by a floriated lintel course. The second story, which houses the Odd Fellows lodge, is tall in proportion to the first story and is highly ornamental. Above the second story is a full, galvanized iron entablature. The frieze has paired panels of floral relief set between console brackets, and the cornice has a modillion band.
Statement of Significance Constructed in 1888 by the local firm of Beck and Vogt, the Clark Memorial Hall is significant as an example of late nineteenth-century commercial and institutional architecture. It is notable for its florid cast and galvanized iron facade ornamentation and the excellent condition of the original fabric. The structure is of social significance for its role in Adrian's history and as a memorial to Elihu L. Clark, one of Adrian's most prominent citizens in the late nineteenth century. The Adrian lodge of the Odd Fellowship was organized in 1845. Elihu L. Clark, one of the original members, was an important financier for local businesses and farmers. In 1869, he became the first president of the Lenawee County Savings Bank. In his will, Clark donated a substantial amount of money to the Adrian Lodge of the Odd Fellows for the construction of a building to house the lodge hall. In 1986, dwindling membership forced the Odd Fellows to put the building up for sale.
Period of Significance 1800-1899
1900-
Significant Date(s) Built 1888
Registry Type(s) 01/14/1985 National Register listed
Site ID# P23889