Oddfellows' Hall - Historic Places Days

Oddfellows’ Hall

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Queer Historic Place
72 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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This is the first permanent location of Oddfellows’ Hall, having opened in 1883. We have no hard evidence that this location was a queer meeting place, but the organisation was known to be a safe place for gay men. “Odd Fellows” refers to the members who were labourers and artisans that were commonly excluded from established craft guilds. Meetings took place on the third floor of the building, which still retains much of the character and architecture that it did in the 19th century.


Fun Facts

A fire in 1930 damaged the inside of the building and destroyed all Independent Order of Odd Fellows records and materials. A renovation changed the look of the lower part of the building, but the upper floor and its ballroom with pressed tin ceiling was left largely intact.

The building is a municipally designated historic site.

Source: http://mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/ioofhall.shtml

Here is a video about being gay during prohibition in New York City: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7xLpKu5gzg&ab_channel=StepBack


72 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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