This prominent building on the corner of 4th and State Street housed the Knights of Pythias Hall as well as an early moving picture theater, though by the time it burned the theater was gone. I don't have a year for this fire, but it was sometime between 1916 and 1928. If it was before 1920 it would have been especially embarrassing, as the fire station was housed in the old city hall building next door. By 1920 the station moved two blocks down State Street to the new City Hall building.
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One of the earliest photos we saw, #32, showed the Knights of Pythias Band and this building.
It might be interesting to try and date the new looking Coca Cola sign. I can't imagine the old city hall building escaped this fire.
l.e. on 31st January 2013 @ 9:21am
My book shows that type of sign as early as 1910 and up to 1934 with Drink above Coca-Cola,some of these were porcelain and also tin. One this large would be in the two to three thousand dollar range now.
lee curtis on 31st January 2013 @ 2:15pm
"The Hood River's Waucoma Lodge No. 30, Knights of Pythias was instituted 22 February 1890. The Lodge constructed a hall building on the northwest corner of 4th and Bridge (State) streets sometime between 1890 and 1902. The Lodge also started a cemetery, the Knights of Pythias Cemetery, which was located about 2 1/2 miles southwest of the city limits......By 1920, the Lodge was in their new hall in the "Pythian Building" formerly known as the Helbronner Block."
From the National Historic Record of the Heilbronner Building. There is no reference to a fire so perhaps the Knights of Pythias moved to their new lodge before this fire.
There is an excellent website about the cemetery founded by the Knights of Pythias.
l.e. on 1st February 2013 @ 6:30am
I've found documentation at the fire station which indicates this fire was in 1923. It also explains that the first HRFD ball was a fundraiser held in this building in 1904.
By the time of this fire the HRFD had relocated to the new fire station and city hall on Second Street.
Arthur on 28th February 2013 @ 8:06pm