OWEGO, NY – The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Owego 1039 have launched a fundraiser to make much-needed repairs to their historic building, located at 223 Front Street in the Village of Owego, NY 13827 (2009 Voted “The Coolest Small Town in America”) .
The Owego Elks Lodge is known as the Latham A. Burrows House and is a significant contributing historic property in the Central Owego Historic District. Its National Register Number is 97NR1230. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) listed it in the state historic register on 12/8/97. After this SHPO registration, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 4/8/98. Its unique site number is 107-40-357 within the Central Owego Historic District. The Fraternal Order of the Owego Elks purchased this building in 1906.
In 2011 and 2015 our entire village was devastated by massive flooding along the Susquehanna River. Our kitchen and bar area located in the basement were destroyed. We had to reduce the size of the kitchen and bar to relocate them to the first floor of the building. Unfortunately, this move lead to a decrease in membership and a decrease in revenue. The main building was built in 1830 and as far as we know, has never flooded so we did not carry any flood insurance. There was also no FEMA claim to help up rebuild.
Our area in upstate NY is quite rural and it has been a struggle over the years to raise money to fund major projects, which lead me to this letter and plea for help. Our ELKS lodge is in a historic village, and it is one of the most beautiful lodges in New York State. I have included pictures to see how majestic and beautiful this building is, along with pictures of the damage being done from the leaking roof which is threatening the entire second floor of the building. We have tried to repair the roof over the last several years with the funds we have, but the roof has gotten to the point that replacement is necessary.
We have several estimates from professional businesses to back our quotes for replacement of the roof and any damage encountered that is not visible. We need to raise $300,000 to replace the roof on the main building and the additions that have been added over the years. Estimates are available upon request.
Please help with your kind and generous donations to raise the funds necessary to keep our historical building in its beauty. Since our charter in 1906, it has been estimated that the Owego Elks has donated over 5.4 million dollars back to our community. We financially support many youth organizations including the Boy & Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, and camps for disabled youth. We also support local veterans’ organizations and schools in our county with student scholarships. We are a 501 (c)(8) not for profit, fraternal benefit order.
Regards: Owego Elks Roof Committee
For more information, please contact us at: OwegoElksLodge1039@gmail.com