Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Development Office

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Institution Name: Allegheny College
Original/Historic Place Name: Odd Fellows Home
Location on Campus: 400 North Main St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1912-1926original construction Crosby, W. H.
Designer: W. H. Crosby (Oil City, PA)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingles
1926other (home to community-based programs)
ca. 1926administration (I.O.O.F. administrative space)
ca. 1926-1972other (orphanage)
1972-present (2006)other (community based programs meeting space)
1972-present (2006)theater (Meadville Community theater)
2003-present (2006)museum (office and museum opened August 2003, of Odd Fellows of Western PA)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (Meadville Children's Center)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (Cooperative Pre-school)
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (Office of Development and Alumni Affairs)

For many years, Allegheny College leased a portion of the Odd Fellows Home of Western PA to house its Development Office. When it purchased the entire building in 2000, this unique space, with its distinguished history, became a part of the College's heritage as well. The first structure on the site was a rooming house kept by Doctor Goe, where William McKinley lived while attending Allegheny in 1859-1860. This building was replaced when the Odd Fellows purchased the property from the College and incorporated the first fraternal Home in the world there in 1872. The present building dates to 1925, and before it ceased to function as an orphanage in 1972, approximately 1,500 children had grown up there. Since that time, the Odd Fellows have used the space to house their own museum and offices, as well as community-based organizations, especially those benefiting children. Presently, the future use of the space within the Odd Fellows Building is being examined.


Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates. Deferred Maintenance and Building Renovation Cost Study [Allegheny College]. Report. [Pittsburgh, PA: Burt Hill Kosar Rittelman Associates], 1999.

Celli Flynn Brennan. Campus Master Plan [Allegheny College]. [Pittsburgh, PA: Celli Flynn Brennan], 2002.

Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates. Allegheny 2000. Master plan. [Belmont, MA: Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates], 1987.

Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates. Heart of the Campus Report [Allegheny College]. [Belmont, MA: Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates], 1987.

Helmreich, Jonathan E. Through All the Years: A Browser's History of Allegheny College [working title for publication celebrating College Bicentennial]. Meadville, PA: Allegheny College, forthcoming.

Selected collections. Crawford Country Historical Society, Meadville, PA.


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