Category Archives: Fraternities and Sororities

Sigma Chi

Founded in 1877 at the University of Michigan this Sigma Chi’s building features decorative brick work, various types of window paneling and a Doric columned porch with a simple entablature.

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Alpha Delta Pi


Alpha Delta Pi, east side.

Founded in 1929, Alpha Delta Pi’s mission states they are “is committed to sisterhood, values and ethics, high academic standards and social responsibility” ( Their house features a classically inspired porch with paired fluted Doric columns that support a plain entablature. The front entry is bolded molded, has fluted pilasters and sidelights that flank the door, all which lend to Classical influence.

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Alpha Epsilon Phi

Established in 1921 at the University of Michigan, Alpha Epsilon Phi prides itself “on supporting exemplary, well rounded women who are dedicated to academics, sisterhood, philanthropy, community service and to Alpha Epsilon Phi” ( This house’s elements of Greek influence include in its front entry, side porch and six-over-six windows. The main entrance is made up of two Doric columns, two wooden frames that perhaps represent sidelights and a simple undecorated pediment (see the house on 802 Oakland). The side porch also uses Doric columns.

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Chi Omega

“The Eta Chapter of Chi Omega was founded at the University of Michigan on October 21, 1905. Since then, chapter members have flourished. Along with deep involvement within the Greek community, members are also dedicated students and leaders on campus” ( At the center of Chi Omega’s house is a unique portico in the shape of a semi-circle. Fluted columns and pilasters give way to the well-crafted Corinthian capitals and support the pseudo-entablature with its tiny dentils that also continue across the house’s front face. Only the portico is of any Greek influence. While the front entry is more Renaissance in its style, in general, there are no other features that may have drawn upon Classical architecture besides the house’s thin cornice.

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Lambda Chi Alpha

“Lambda Chi Alpha’s (LXA) vision to lead a co-curricular Greek movement, predicated on partnership and collaboration amongst the undergraduates, host institutions, alumni and General Fraternity, and offering an experience that focuses on the maturational development of today’s college man” ( LXA was established in 1913 at the University of Michigan. Although not Greek in form, this home does still exhibit broken pedimented roof dormers and six-over-six windows with shutters which lends to influence from the Greek Revival style.

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Sigma Phi


Source: Wineberg 2004: 107

Sigma Phi was founded in 1858 and is one of the oldest fraternities in Michigan as well as in the nation (established in 1827). Demolished in 1931 to make room for parking for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, this colonial revival home was exceptionally well designed with its dignified columns, flowing lines and, simple ornamentation (Wineberg 2004). The home was colonial in form, but featured a pedimented front portico of the Ionic order, a Doric columned side portico that supported a second story veranda, and shuttered nine-over-nine windows (six-over-six windows however are considered Greek Revival style).

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Theta Xi

Theta Xi was “founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York) on April 29, 1864. Of all the social fraternities today, Theta Xi is the only one that was founded during the Civil War ( The building features a large Doric columned portico, six-over-six windows with shutters, and a classically inspired front entry with sidelights.

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Phi Delta Phi

“Phi Delta Phi is a co-ed legal fraternity founded at the University of Michigan in 1869 and is the nation’s oldest professional society” ( While not a historically listed this building exhibits an impressive Ionic decorated porch with fluted columns supporting a rather simple entablature with dentils marking its top.

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