Vancouver Now & Then: The Odd Fellows Hall in 1936 and 2020

This building has stood for well over a century but remains best known for one of its primary occupants.

This well-preserved 1906 building overlooking Victory Square has seen many tenants, including Wrigley Directories and the Odd Fellows Hall.

“In 1906 construction was completed on a new building at 505 Hamilton (corner of Hamilton and Pender). The Odd Fellows Hall at 505 Hamilton housed three lodges Vancouver #8, Western Star #10 and Pacific #26. The Odd Fellows Hall was sold in 1945,” chronicles the Odd Fellows’ Vancouver history webpage.

Today it is home to a high-end home furnishing store (with the 300 W Pender address). 

The 1906 building at the corner of Hamilton and Pender by Victory Square is still often referred to as the Odd Fellows Hall. John Bentley/Vancouver Now & Then and the Vancouver Archives

John Bentley is an architectural photographer who has photographed the inside and outside of thousands of buildings around Vancouver. Using images from the Vancouver Archives he offers a glimpse of the past and present on his site Vancouver Now & Then. 

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