Greek housing -- famed for its mansions, Roman columns, its long, landscaped lawns, and the sea of freshman who stand outside during rush week eager to call one of the homes their own. Across the country, most schools have some semblance of a Greek “row” or “village.” And as we do every semester, GreekRank.com presents you with list of the best houses in America for Fall 2018.
Alpha Delta Pi, University of Missouri
ADPi’s 1920s era home recently got a facelift, with the addition of a 6,000 square foot space. The add-on will allow for housing opportunities for 26 women, and includes common spaces like a formal and informal study, meetings rooms, a new kitchen and food storage area and the house mother’s apartment.
Alpha Phi, University of Oregon
You wouldn’t have guessed this mountain-esque Greek home was built in the 1920s, but it was -- and by well-known architects of the 20th century, Ellis Fuller Lawrence and William Gordon Holford. With tall pines in the backyard, sweeping angles and plenty of window nooks, the Alpha Phi’s in Eugene, Oregon, spend the year in what would feel like a mountain retreat.
Kappa Kappa Gamma, University of Tennessee
The Kappa Kappa Gamma’s brough tin Red Chair Architects to design their new chapter house in Knoxville, Tennessee, reflecting “the quality and sophistication representative of the sorority’s values, while providing a comfortable home for 33 of its members.” The house’s architecture is reminiscent of traditional French Eclectic vernacular with gabled and hipped roof forms and balconies.
Alpha Phi, University of Kentucky
The Alpha Phi’s at UK are located in one of the best spots on campus -- just across the way from the William T. Young library on campus. The house, just recently built, “sets a new standard for comfort, quality and design in sorority housing,” according to the architects, Browning Day. The new 21,000 square-foot building can accommodate 48 women as well as the house mother. The best part? The dining room, which can accommodate over 80 people.
Kappa Delta, University of Illinois
62 beds will fit into this brand new, four-story house at the University of Illinois. The house is also the first new sorority house at the school in almost 50 years. While the home will house 62 members, there is plenty of additional room and meeting spaces for the 160-member chapter. Other highlights include a two-story entry foyer, formal spaces, multiple studies, a commercial kitchen and a dedicated dining room. According to the architects, they designed the home with a brick and limestone structure and an outdoor courtyard to tie in to the university’s on-campus architecture.
Delta Gamma, University of Alabama
Few “Best Sorority House” lists make it without a home from the University of Alabama being featured. This semester, we’re spotlighting the Delta Gamma Beta Psi home. The DG’s, one of the largest Greek organizations, similarly require a large space. Completed in August of 2012, the four-story house is home to 61 members with some of the largest bedrooms and bathrooms of any house on campus.
Gamma Phi Beta, University of Illinois
Unlike its other Greek sister featured from the University of Illinois, the Gamma Phi Beta’s have one of the oldest and most historic homes on campus. It was built in 1918 for the university's Omicron chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, which was formed in 1909. The chapter is known for being one which places an importance on academic success, the promotion of women's issues on campus, and other social activities.
Kappa Alpha Theta, University of Southern California
The sisters’ home is reminiscent of the chapter house in Legally Blonde, while simultaneously being so So-Cal. All of the details, from the shuttered windows, flower boxes and stone details, make the home feel a Spanish colonial paradise. Smaller than other chapter houses, the building makes up for its scale with its charm.
Chi Omega, Mississippi State
Greek chapter house or...The White House? The Chi O’s at Mississippi State live in a home that almost deserves a 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue address with its large Greek columns and polished white exterior. The house was recently renovated with a new chapter room, dining room and a new dorm wing that features restrooms and sun porches on both floors. How presidential!
Alpha Phi, Dartmouth
The new Alpha Phi house at Dartmouth is located at a prime intersection -- where the central campus transitions to a residential area. According to the architects, Haynes and Garthwaite, the “building massing and detailing were designed to relate to the Colonial Revival fraternity and sorority houses on campus while respecting the scale of the nearby single family residences.” We love it because it looks like a charming country house! Bonus: an elevator!