Kent and Aurora Streets, St. Paul. This building was apparently built in 1908. On March 13, 1914, representatives of Mars Lodge of Odd Fellows and Perfect Ashlar Lodge of Masons met at the home of Mr. Richard M. Johnson and created the Union Hall Association. The mortgage was paid off in March 1923; the Northwestern Bulletin reported:
What may be regarded as one of the most impressive events in the history of the Negro in the Northwest besides being a signal achievement throughout the fraternal world of Colored America was the public reception Tuesday night … at which time the mortgage on the hall building was burned, making the property free of indebtedness and the first building to be built, maintained, and paid for by Negroes in the Northwest. One of the most remarkable featured connected with the deal was the fact that it only took eight years to pay for the building.
Many dances and events were held here in the Rondo neighborhood by St. Paul’s black community.
From 1923-1929, the St. Paul Urban League and the YWCA contributed funds and other support for a service center in the building. In 1929 a new interracial committee was formed under the name The Hallie Q. Brown Community House.