Danish Hall being saved

The Enumclaw Danish Hall recently received a fresh coat of exterior paint, thanks to two fundraising dinners chaired by Sandra Terou. The effort to preserve the more than 100-year-old building continues. A fundraising effort for community scholarships continues Nov. 13.

The Enumclaw Sisterhood Lodge No. 75 will host its annual bazaar that day with a traditional Danish lunch available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The days activities will also include a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Money raised from the event will support the Friends of the Danish Hall’s effort to continue to bring the 1890s Porter Street building up to code.

The building began its life as a rough-hewn general store about three miles northeast of Enumclaw. In 1900 the Danish Brotherhood Lodge purchased the store for $125, carefully took it apart and paid a teamster $20 to haul it to Enumclaw where it was rebuilt on the corner of Porter Street and Myrtle Avenue.

Four years later the Sisterhood was started.

In 1989, the brothers updated the building with a more traditional half-timbered Danish look and replaced the windows.

The Sisterhood purchased the building from the Brotherhood in 1998 for $1.

Recently the both groups have combined their efforts to form the nonprofit Friends of the Danish Hall. The building committee is chaired by Tyler Chilman with Leif Sorensen, Ken Kromann, Frank Poulsen, Russ Case, Perry Brochner, a combination of local and out-of-the-area brothers.

Elizabeth Caliebe, Terou, Kathi Lengenfelder, Nancy Sangland and Rita Chilman are in charge of fundraising, prioritizing and implementing improvements.

The organization is hoping to have many of the renovations complete before 2012, when Enumclaw will host the Pacific Northwest Convention, which is expected to bring in lodge members from the area between British Columbia to Oregon.

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