The I.O.O.F. Building is reported to be the tallest three-story building
in the United States. Fred Schober's butcher shop and a blacksmith shop
were located here prior to being destroyed in the 1862 fire. After the
fire destroyed his Union Hotel across the street, Henry W. Allen
acquired the lot and began construction of a new two-story brick hotel.
Completed in February of 1863, the Union House Hotel was sold to and
dedicated by the I.O.O.F. lodge on October 2 of 1873. The Oddfellows
added the somewhat tall third floor in 1904, creating one of the most
interesting Jacksonian structures. Wells Fargo & Co. located their
office in this building in 1871. The 1855 date atop the building refers
to the date of organization of the Jackson Lodge No. 36, I.O.O.F., not
the year of the building's construction.