This image shows what remains of the Pender Street side of the cornerstone at the Odd Fellows Hall at Hamilton and Pender. The structure was built for the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows), a secret fraternal society akin to that of the Masons, in 1906. That year of completed construction appeared on the Hamilton Street side of the cornerstone, but it is now almost completely worn off. I suspect that this cornerstone has had such a hard life due mainly to the corrosive nature of anti-graffiti cleaning agents that have probably been used more than once on the corner of the building over the years; and to the relative susceptibility of the building’s sandstone cladding to those cleaners. In its earliest years, the building’s main floor was leased to the Lyric Theatre (1907- ?). A later commercial tenant was Wrigley’s Directories, which made its home at the Odd Fellows Hall when the Stuart Thomson image below was made.
Miller Bros., a sailmaking business, operated in the upper floor of the IOOF building (from the Hamilton St. side – 505 Hamilton) in the late 1950s and early 1960s – and perhaps later. The large open space was well-suited to sewing sails (see interior of Miller Bros. below).
In 2014, the London School of Hairdressing and Aesthetics is training future hairdressers and barbers in the old Odd Fellows Hall.