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I.O.O.F. gets a big facelift

Photography by Mark Gibson
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Second Street facade of the I.O.O.F. building downtown is being renovated. Above, At D and D Masonry Restoration works on the bricks along the roof. Photo by Mark Gibson.

The Dalles Main Street organization and the Independent Order Of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) have teamed up on a façade restoration project on the South elevation of the two story I.O.O.F. Hall on Downtown 2nd St.

The ongoing project includes restoring the original marble base on the south elevation by removing several layers of paint, scraping and repainting the cornice, tuck-pointing and resealing brick, and resetting the top courses of brick, as well as work on the 2nd floor windows.

Photo by Mark Gibson
The Second Street facade of the I.O.O.F. building downtown is being renovated. Above, Baudelio Galindo works with Martin Ramirez (not pictured) on paint removal.

Restoration work will also be done on the transom window on the east elevation.

"It was absolutely incredible to see the paint stripped away and the marble restored, we couldn't believe someone would paint over marble," said Matthew Klebes, executive director of The Dalles Main Street organization.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of October.

"This is a project that we have talked about, it needed to be done to maintain the life of the building. Main Street was critical in helping us develop the project and acquire the funding needed to complete this first phase of restoration," said Craig Hector, property manager of the I.O.O.F.

The work is being done by D&R Masonry INC., and was funded through a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office, a nonprofit grant from The City of The Dalles Urban Renewal Agency, and I.O.O.F. funds.

The success of the project prompted the development of a new URA program aimed at encouraging and supporting private property and business owners in improving and restoring their facades. Previous URA grants were available for nonprofits only.

The For-Profit Façade Program provides grant funds for exterior improvements such as awnings, transom windows, lighting, and more. URA funds cannot be used for anything deemed maintenance.

Property owners must match half of the urban renewal funds for projects up to $20,000.

On projects between $20,001 to $40,000.00 property owners must match the grant dollar-for-dollar.

The Dalles Main Street recently finalized an agreement with the URA to be a resource for downtown business and property owners who are interested in using the Façade Program or any other URA programs, such as interest buy down loans, nonprofit grants, sprinkler system improvements, and other projects.

To learn more, contact Matthew Klebes at tdmainstreet@gorge.net or at 541-370-2966 or via email at tdmainstreet@gorge.net.

Additional information at the mainstreet website, thedallesmainstreet.org.

The Dalles Chronicle.





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