The 10,000-square-foot wood building, boarded-up and run down, was a fire waiting to happen, fire officials acknowledged. The West Verano Avenue structure, across from Maxwell Farms Park, was in flames when the first crews arrived at about 2:30 a.m.
The original lodge was built about 100 years ago. It had been closed and vacant since the early 1980’s, when a 40-year run as a successful lodge, restaurant and dance hall –- spanning the big band to disco eras – came to an end.
Photos by Melania Mahoney.