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Phi Delta Theta Demolition Update

Here are some updated photos of the Phi Delta Theta house at about 10:15 this morning. The first photo is looking out over the back of the house from the IST Building’s third floor. Beyond the blue fence is Burrowes Road and the Hosler and Deike Buildings.

Here’s a shot of what is left of the back of the house from ground level.

This last photo is of what used to be the front of the house. It was shot from Burrowes, notice the IST Building in the back.

To see previous photos of the demolition, check out Tina’s posts from last Saturday and last Thursday.

Jessie Knuth, graphic designer

August 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm 1 comment

It Wasn’t Built in a Day…

…so I guess I can see why it would take more than a day to demolish the Phi Delta Theta house. When I took a few photos of the beginning of the demolition on Thursday morning, I thought that the whole house would be rubble by the end of the day. I was wrong. (And, in retrospect, I now remember Physical Plant spokesperson Paul Ruskin ’69, ’71g telling me that the demolition was scheduled to take the better part of a week.)

The photo above shows the state of things as of Saturday morning around 9:00 a.m. On the left-hand side of the image (click to see the photo bigger) you can see some of the pillars that once graced the front porch of the fraternity. For a comparison shot, see this photo I took in February of 2009.

Tina Hay, editor

August 14, 2010 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

Phi Delta Theta House Comes Down Today

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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.

Phi-Delta-ThetaI 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

August 12, 2010 at 9:36 am 3 comments


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