Sigma Alpha Epsilon, founded at Drake in 1921, moved to 1235 34th St. in 1934. The structure, built 101 years ago, has seen the wear and tear of both time and about 2,000 college men. Many “True Gentlemen” still call this place home and are enjoying the updates associated with $1.2 million restoration and addition project that began in February.
The first phase of the project began with the demolition of “The Barn,” and included the construction of a 23-bedroom apartment building in its place. Phase two will include the renovation and restoration of the main house, including converting bedrooms on the second floor to apartment-style living.
“A group of brothers burned the mortgage in 1955,” according to the website documenting the construction. “That was their legacy.”
Today, SAE brothers’ legacy will be a new home for future members. Contributions to the project spanned 72 pledge classes. Visit drakesae.com for more historic photos of the house, documentation of the construction progress and a list of donors.
Enjoy looking back? Visit Cowles Library’s Drake Heritage Collection for access to many more photos from Drake’s past.