Phi Delta Theta House Comes Down Today
Workers have begun tearing down the former Phi Delta Theta house at the corner of Burrowes and Pollock on campus. I stopped by a little while ago, and they had taken down part of the back of the building (see photo below), and before the day is out I imagine the rest of the building will follow.
The fraternity’s national headquarters closed down the Penn State chapter in 2007, citing a number of policy violations—including the serving of alcohol (nationwide, the fraternity has been dry since 2000). This past spring, Penn State bought the property for $1.75 million. The plan is to keep the area as green space.
I always thought that the house was a good-looking building, and it’s also got some history to it: It dates to about 1905. But it hasn’t exactly been, shall we say, well cared for. And this past May, right at the end of the spring semester, it was severely vandalized. Penn State officials say the building is in “a significant state of disrepair” and that repairs or renovations would cost millions.
I’ll try to stop up later today and get another photo or two of the demolition when it’s a little farther along.
Tina Hay, editor