Friday, October 23, 2009
Odd Fellow's Temple
Arguably one of the biggest losses of the Convention Center expansion was the Odd Fellows' Temple, or Sweeten Auto Company building on North Broad Street. During the site preparation for the expansion, there was much debate over the Race Street Fire House and the illegally demolished Philadelphia Life Insurance Company buildings on North Broad, but very little mention was made of the most massive loss. The Odd Fellows' Temple design was submitted in 1892 by Hazlehurst & Huckel and built in 1893. As originally built, the Odd Fellow's Temple contained smaller windows than the North Broad building we all came to know which was demolished in 2008.