The P.P.A.A. building was an architectural “unauthorized copy” of the Voysey building in London, England. The building was originally commissioned by the International Organization Of Oddfellows (I.O.O.F.) and was named the Orient Lodge #17 at its completion. The Lodge was used as the I.O.O.F. meeting hall through the first half of the 1900s. Some of the most advanced building techniques of the day were used at its construction such as a complete steel reinforced concrete structure which was unheard of on the East side of the river at the time.
They had planned to add 3 more stories at a later date but this work was never completed. The Portland Police Athletic Association bought the building in the fifties. The P.P.A.A. used the upstairs ballroom for private events and continued to lease of the ground level to different tenants includings a print shop, which occupied that space for approximately 50 years. The PPAA bar adjoining the event space was infamous for its rowdy drunken nights until the 90s when the Portland Police cracked down on their own brethren.