IOOF Cabins, OR 2020 (Phase III)
IOOF Cabins, OR 2020 (Phase III)

IOOF Cabins, OR 2020 (Phase III)

International Order of Odd Fellows Cabins, OR 2020

Located on the shores of Paulina Lake, the International Order of Odd Fellows Cabins project is popular not only for its stunning location, but also for its connection to the humanist and philanthropic organization that built them.

PROJECT PARTNER: Deschutes National Forest, OR

Project Site Description & History

Inspired by the destitute conditions of 17th-century England, a group of citizens banded together to provide small amounts of charity to the most vulnerable populations. An observer commented, “it is odd that a person might help another and expect nothing in return.” Thus, the Odd Fellows were born. In 1819, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was founded in North America. Odd Fellows are committed to the principles of “Friendship, Love and Truth,” which they practice through charitable acts and managing fellowship lodges. Paulina Lake in Deschutes National Forest, OR is the site of a group of IOOF cabins. They are built primarily of native lava rock and pine and are emblematic of the “folk” architecture emblematic of Depression-era buildings in the forested Pacific Northwest.

Paulina Lake is located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano, which makes up the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. According to the Deschutes National Forest, “In November of 1990, Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of central Oregon. Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes 54,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Cascades, Newberry Caldera and across the High Desert.”

Volunteers work on log repair in 2018

Steam rising off Paulina Lake’s beach during sunrise

Volunteers really took ownership of the project work in 2018!

Scope of Work

Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers accomplished the following scope of work to preserve the Odd Fellows Cabins:
  • Carefully removed and replaced deteriorated logs from the base of Cabin #1 and Cabin #2
  • Deconstructed and re-built top of a brick chimney on Cabin #4
  • Removed and replaced deteriorated chinking and daubing on the exterior of Cabin #4