Friday, May 21, 2010
This brick masonic hall, at 1624 East 55th Street, Cleveland, Ohio, was destroyed by fire on Wednesday. It was a Cleveland Landmark. Demolition began on Thursday. According to this Plain Dealer article, the fire has been ruled arson.
The structure was built 1907 as the Pythian Castle, for another group. The architect was Frederic William Striebinger. Another notable building by the architect is the the Second Church of Christ, Scientst on Euclid Avenue.
It served as a B'nai B'rith lodge from 1912 through the 1940s. This period of the structure's ownership is detailed on Cleveland Jewish History.