Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday: CLOSED
 

 
In 1873, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #303 (“IOOF”) erected the 3 story brick structure that still stands at 102 W. Main Street in New Paris, Ohio, and became home to the New Paris Antique Mall in 2008.

The IOOF encountered financial difficulties and was compelled to sell the property in 1899.   Following a succession of short-time owners, the structure was purchased by the Knights of Pythias (“K of P”) and became home to the Castle Hall of Harmony Lodge #396 in 1909.  

Both the IOOF and K of P lodges utilized the third floor of the building for their lodge meetings.  The second floor served as the community opera house.  According to information printed in the New Paris Mirror in 1930, the opera house featured the Babetta singers and dancers, an eight-act vaudeville show, minstrel shows, medicine shows, and a dance and card party sponsored by Delta Theta Tau Sorority.  It was also the site of a 50-50 dance sponsored by J.J. (Jack) Simpson with music by Harry Kepler’s Harmony Four Orchestra with tickets priced at 25 cents and a crowd of 90 attending.   

It has also been told that the Grand Army of the Republic (“G.A.R.”), Caleb Marker Post #646, used the second floor opera house for meetings and dinners.  Click here for pictures of a ticket to a dinner held on New Years Day 1889, and some interesting history on the G.A.R. and Col. Caleb Marker.  

Business establishments utilizing the first floor of the building over the years included:  L.J. Reid Hardware (1901); Earl Radford Hardware (1928); Fred Woods Grocery (1931); Denny Brothers; and Williams Brothers Market owed by S.A. (Bill) and Joe Williams from 1934 to the late 1950s.  In 1960, William Aker purchased the building and opened a furniture store.  Akers Furniture Store operated out of the building for 34 years until the store was closed and the building was sold at auction to a local New Paris businessman in September 1994.    

The building then languished for 14 years and fell into serious disrepair until it as purchased in early 2008 by Keith and Linda Kelley and renovations commenced. After six months of restoration work, the first and second floor of the mall opened for business.  Renovations continued and over time additional renovated spaces, including the basement, third floor, and adjoining one-story building, have been added to the overall sales floor space.  Go to our gallery of building renovation pictures for a look at the restoration work that has been undertaken to date.   

There’s still plenty to do, but we are proud of what has been accomplished so far in bringing this grand old building back to a state of usefulness.  Not only have we preserved a bit of history, we are excited about how the antique mall in the building is helping to revitalize business interests in the Village of New Paris.


 
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