Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Tour of Historic Houses now home to Fraternities and Sororities on the Cornell Campus.
A benefit for Historic Ithaca’s preservation services and part of its on-going effort to promote the historic architecture of Tompkins County. Tickets $25 General Admission/$20 for Friends and Students Available for one afternoon only, Historic Ithaca allows you to enter the interiors of 10 historically and architecturally significant fraternities and sororities on Cornell’s north and west campus. Constructed in the 1880s-1930s, these imposing structures represent the beginning of the Greek tradition at this Ivy League university, when fraternities not only provided much needed housing and dining facilities but also social status and academic enrichment. Formal rooms and public spaces in these architect-designed buildings will be on view during the self-guided tour. Docents are available at each site to explain noteworthy features and historical associations, joined by brothers and sisters to discuss current living arrangements and philanthropy. Start your tour at the registration site: Llenroc, built for Ezra Cornell and now the home of Delta Phi Fraternity. From there, drive, walk or bike to South Ave. near Cascadilla Creek; University Ave. near Fall Creek; and The Knoll in Cornell Heights to see nine additional lodges. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit these high-style architectural gems, hear about present-day Greek life, and see interiors never-before open to the general public.
Sponsored by Historic Ithaca, Inc., 210 Center St., Ithaca, NY 14850, HistoricIthaca.org