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Eagles Building

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)


This Renaissance Revival style building, with its terra cotta, symmetrical façade and its three Roman arches supported by Corinthian pilasters, was once home of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the hub of downtown Lorain. At its height, the F.O.E. had 3,500 members, making it the largest fraternal order in Lorain. The building held events such as dinner-dances, musical performances, children’s holiday programs, theatrical performances, and boxing matches. The building was abandoned in 1984 after membership had been depleted and the order moved to a smaller location.

The Eagles Building today. Photo by Richard Payerchin for the Morning Journal.


Construction on the one-story building began in 1918 with the use of reinforced concrete (due to material shortages after the First World War). The F.O.E.'s motto, Liberty-Truth-Justice-Equality, was etched upon its upper entablature. Three more floors were added after a 1924 tornado. During the prohibition era, the lodge served as a speakeasy, and, it is rumored (due to a mysterious bullet hole in a wall), that gangster John Dillinger might have had an office in the basement. The first floor of the building was used for storefronts such as J.C. Penney, Hart Jewelry, Cane’s Surplus Store, Wear-U-Well Shoe Store, and Gorsage Restaurant. The upper floors included a bar, billiard rooms, administrative offices, and a dance hall.


Payerchin, Richard. Lorain Palace Theater board puts Eagles Building on market. The Morning Journal. December 08, 2017. Accessed September 03, 2018. Photo source.

575 Broadway Ave.
Lorain, Ohio 44052
  • Architecture and Historical Buildings
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This location was created on 2017-07-21 by Andreas Kolaczko .   It was last updated on 2018-09-03 by Emily Brammer .

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