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Odd Fellows seek support for Stewart’s Hall repairs

The Mill City Odd Fellows are seeking community donations for repairs and upkeep at Stewart’s Hall so the 111-year-old building can continue to serve as a community venue.

Located at 158 SW Broadway Street, in Mill City, Stewart’s Hall has long housed the Odd Fellows and other nonprofits, and more recently was promoted as a space for public events.

In a recent community announcement, Odd Fellows Noble Grand Tony Trout said roof repairs have depleted their maintenance budget and associated water damage must still be corrected. He said the building has additional maintenance requirements and the need for funding is “dire.”

“We have never asked for donations before but don’t have any other options,” said Trout, adding donations of any amount would be helpful.

The Odd Fellows started offering Stewart’s Hall for public events this year after undertaking renovations with support from Santiam Hearts 2 Arts, who also uses the building. H2A helped acquire a grant, and along with support from fundraisers, they were able to improve electrical fixtures and ADA access, as well as add new exterior paint and signage.

Over the summer it hosted Canyon Kids Music Camp and this winter is slated to host the Christmas performance of the Santiam Community Community Chorus. 

Regular gatherings also include the weekly Art Mart and monthly Fiber Arts and KYAC Concert Series.

Ken Cartwright, an Odd Fellow and board member of H2A, told The Canyon Weekly there are multiple repairs on their “wish list” that would help make the building “usable, safe and comfortable.” 

These include a new heating system, windows, carpeting and insulation, improvements to plumbing, electrical and lighting, floor leveling, and bathroom renovations and repairs.

Cartwright said the Odd Fellows are acquiring bids for these various jobs to come up with specific cost estimates. He speculated the whole list may cost more than $200,000.

Cartwright said it is important to preserve the building because it is “the closest semblance to a community center that this area has” and Odd Fellows make it available for “no or very low costs.”

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