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By Teresa Simpson
Whitman County Gazette 

Colfax history: Historical buildings, fraternity block

Editor’s NOTE: This is the final story of a five-part series about the history of Colfax leading up to a July 23-24 celebration.


COLFAX — The three-story Fraternity Block building was designed by A.F. Perry of Walla Walla and constructed in 1889 at a cost of $12,000.

In many historic pictures of Main Street, the building can be seen as a centerpiece.

This three-story building was originally capped with a wooden tower and referred to as the “space needle,” which was removed for safety reasons. Referred to today as the Masonic Lodge, it was a favorite with the public in local tours of historical buildings.

The Hiram Masonic Lodge and International Order of Odd Fellows had rooms on the second and third floors....

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