The Lafayette Club and Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell announced this week that the church has purchased the club's building at 465 Fletcher St. While the club will remain in the building, it's a good opportunity to look at the history of the club.
In 1913, a group of prominent Franco-Americans formed the Lafayette Club to strengthen and preserve their heritage. They named the club after the Marquis de Lafayette, the young French aristocrat and military officer who served during the American Revolution as a major-general in the Continental Army under George Washington.
Club Lafayette was formally incorporated on Dec. 4, 1913, with 98 charter members and was first located at 831 Merrimack St. in Lowell (top left). In 1920, the Lafeyette Club moved to the "Stone Castle" or "Bowers Castle" at 59 Wannalancit St. (top right). Then, in 1924, the members moved the club to a central location at 663 Merrimack St. (bottom left). Finally, in 1939, members easily raised $3,500 to purchase and renovate the club's present quarters, the former Fletcher Street Fire House. For more history on the Lafeytte club visit http://ecommunity.uml.edu/francolowellma/socialclubs/Lafayette.htm
Photos courtesy of Lafeytte Club Facebook page, www.facebook.
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