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.
July 14, 2022
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....