These buildings yoostabe lodge halls (read about the golden age of fraternal lodges):
The 1901 Knights of Pythias lodge hall replaced one built in 1881. Note the suit of armor in the niche of the corner of the third story. The current suit is a replica.
Hemphill Heights Masonic lodge (1939) on West Berry Street.
Lodge hall (c. 1910) of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen at 211 Bryan Street on the near South Side.
A railroad hub like Fort Worth had several railroad organizations, some of which met at the Bryan Street hall.
Stockyard Lodge Building (c. 1910) on North Main Street: The United Packing House Workers of America local, the Livestock Handlers local, and Masonic lodge 1244 met in this building.
On Exchange Avenue, this building (c. 1908) was a Stockyards Masonic lodge.
The downtown YWCA was built in 1928 as an Elks lodge hall. Wyatt Hedrick was the architect.
The opening of the new Elks lodge hall was front-page news.
The Elks’ previous lodge hall was at the corner of Lamar and West 7th streets.
This is the Knights of Pythias hall you might not know about. The Key West lodge of the Knights of Pythias was an African-American lodge that met in this 1925 building on East 2nd Street in the African-American downtown. The lodge met upstairs in an auditorium and rented the first-floor space. Over the years the first floor housed a tailor shop, barber shop, beauty shop, and restaurant. The lodge closed in the late 1940s. The building now houses apartments.
On Forrest Street in Handley, this 1928 building was a Masonic hall and then an Odd Fellows hall.
Former home of Polytechnic Masonic lodge 925 on Thrall Street.
In the early 1940s this building on Riverside Drive housed Odd Fellows lodge 1194.
And this 1925 building at 415 East 6th Street yoostabe the lodge hall of the African-American Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. The three-link chain is the order’s symbol. At one time these three links may have contained the letters F, L, and T standing for Friendship, Love, and Truth. In recent years the building housed an architectural firm and a public relations firm.
Apparently the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows or some other African-American organization had a building at 415 East 6th before the 1925 building was built because an African-American YWCA met there in 1921.
That’s all the halls, y’all.