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History of the Hall

Welcome to Hibernian Hall!

Built in 1913, Hibernian Hall was one of the last of Dudley Square’s lively Irish social clubs and dance halls serving Roxbury’s Irish community during the first half of the twentieth century. It served as a lodge for several divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), which began in 1836 in New York as a response to anti-Irish sentiment, before shifting to charitable work and the promotion and preservation of Irish cultural heritage.

It later became the headquarters for the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), an international training program founded by the late Rev. Leon Sullivan. For decades the building sat unoccupied until purchased by Madison Park Development Corporation in 2000. Hibernian Hall was fully restored to its original grandeur and reopened in 2005.

Located in the heart of Roxbury’s Dudley Square, it has continued its legacy of service to the Roxbury community as your home for arts in the heart of Boston.