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The six-person partnership that owns the historic Oddfellows building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has put the property up for sale. The asking price? $30 million. However, according to Capitol Hill Seattle, the partners aren’t overly eager to part with the place — if no one makes a timely offer, they’ll gladly keep the building and enjoy the benefits of owning a property that is “100% leased, has great tenants and a long-term loan.”

Some of those tenants include Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Seattle Running Company and popular brunch spot Oddfellows Cafe + Bar. But before the building was acquired and renovated by the current owners in 2007, it was where arts organizations like Freehold Theater, Velocity Dance, Reel Grrls, Annex Theater and the Seattle Mime Theatre paid rent.

One can only imagine what new owners with $30 million to spend on an acquisition would do with the place. Originally constructed in 1908 (the first year the Cubs won the World Series!) and used as a masonry temple, the Oddfellows building is notable for its 25-foot ceilings and ornate period details.

Carl Breitung, whose firm designed the building, was born near Munich, Germany, in 1868. He studied architecture in Munich and Rome before coming to the US in the 1880s. He worked on the East Coast and in Kansas City before opening an architectural practice with Theobald Buchinger, another architect, in Seattle in 1900. The brick and terra cotta facade of the Oddfellows building resembles the School of the Good Shepherd and the Academy of the Holy Names, two buildings done by Buchinger.  

While the sales period is open, the Oddfellows building will be undergoing some work, including a small project to fix up the outside of the building around Molly Moon’s and an expensive replacement of its old elevator.

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