Old Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House


Old Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House
Old Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House
Location: 379 - 381 E 12th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon
44°02′48″N 123°05′13″W / 44.046636°N 123.086959°W / 44.046636; -123.086959Coordinates: 44°02′48″N 123°05′13″W / 44.046636°N 123.086959°W / 44.046636; -123.086959
Built: 1906
Architectural style: American Craftsman, American Foursquare
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference#: 89001858
Added to NRHP: 1989

The Old Beta Theta Pi Fraternity House is a historic building in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It is an American Foursquare in the American Craftsman (or American Craftsman Bungalow) style, showing considerable Prairie School influence. It was built in 1906-1907 by John B. Kronebusch, for between six and seven thousand dollars.[1] Kronebusch leased it to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity for 15 years. It was then purchased by the Delta Zeta sorority, who occupied the house for six years from 1923 to 1929. A two-story addition was constructed in the mid-1930s, of materials compatible with the original house.[2] In 1936, the upper two levels were turned into apartments separate from the first level and were given their own address of 1176 Mill Street. The exterior and all of the apartments retain a high degree of integrity, with minor modifications made mostly before 1937.[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[3]

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  1. ^ From a newsletter in the archives of the Beta Rho Chapter of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. "The Delta Alphas were organized in June, 1906, with 12 members, and immediately set about to secure a house, with the result that when school opened in the fall a large three story house with basement had been built especially for them, by a local capitalist, the house costing between six and seven thousand dollars ...The house accommodates twenty-four men and two servants, and is elegantly furnished..."
  2. ^ a b From the documentation supporting nomination to the NRHP, based on research done by Annette Gurdjian (then owner) and Henry Kunowski, City of Eugene Historic Preservation Specialist.
  3. ^ "Oregon National Register List". Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department. July 16, 2007. http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/docs/oregon_nr_list.pdf. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 

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