DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The historic St. Anne’s Hill District in Dayton is losing an architectural centerpiece.
The old Odd Fellows Hall on La Belle Street is being demolished.
The three story building has been vacant for ten years, but it added to the Victorian-era architecture of the neighborhood.
Demolition was approved in 2012. The historic district worked for years to save the building, but the collapse of main roof trusses sealed the deal to tear it down.
The city hired a contractor to demolish the building as part of its nuisance abatement program at a cost of around $200,000.
The Odd Fellows building dates back to the late 1800s. The Odd Fellows were a fraternal organization in Dayton that helped those in need.
Neighbors gathered to watch the demolition.
“It’s sad to see such a grand building be torn down,” says Joe Dierkers who lives nearby. “I’ve been in it a couple times and it was a gorgeous building.”
But Dierkers realizes it was beyond repair.
“It had been demolished by 30 years of neglect,” Dierkers says. “This is a finishing of the process.”