A little over a month ago, we sent out the notice: We were looking for your schools' finest dens of debauchery. Your sticky-floored palaces. Your NRHP-ruiners. The places where the wet bar is always stocked, but no one has checked to see if the asbestos has been cleared out. Where girls can be found coming and going at all hours of the night, and you can watch them do so from a turret. Where the whiskey flows, and the Busch Lite chases.
Your 30 Best Frat Castles, in so many words.
To complete this list, we scoured schools' webpages, asked around at a few schools, and consulted Greek Life conduct boards to see who was on their best behavior. (Just kidding.)
Additionally, over 50 of you emailed to submit your own houses, and because this was the best source of info in a small pool, this list will probably be slanted more toward those who sent in tips. There's only so many campus police reports we can read.
Alright, crack open the cheapest beer you can find. Let's go.
30. Phi Gamma Delta, Vermont
Your Take: “The house was built under 'French Second Empire' style in 1877 for General William Wells, who was not only the fastest rising Union general in the Civil War but received a medal of honor for his bravery at the Battle of Gettysburg. The house sits right on Main Street Burlington, VT; right between campus and the bars. The halls and widows watch of this four story frat castle have seen many things over the years. Some of the amenities include a purple felt pool table, black and white marble floors complete with a black diamond, a very classy personalized ruit table, and a roof with the best view in Burlington.”
Our Take: We kick things off with an unusual choice—a small, untraditional house from an untraditionally Greek school. Why pick it? For one, it looks sweet. For another, it’s the oldest house on the list. And with a location right on Main Street, it’s always an easy decision whether to keep raging in the house or hit up the local bar.
29. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Arizona
Your Take: “The open courtyard lets us rage in many different ways, whether it is a saturday afternoon tailgate or swimming in jungle party at the end of the year. The courtyard is always stocked with hot chicks and plastic vodka.” -- Ryan, Arizona
“The first picture shows our house on a normal day out here in Arizona. Due to the great weather Tucson usually has over the course of the year, the sunsets illuminate the sky providing beautiful scenery. Our house was established onto this campus in 1917. Therefore our 100th reunion will coming up in the next few years which we are excited about. We have 17 rooms in which two people have their own room but share a bathroom and common room. We are the only fraternity on campus with the living style where one has their own room.
This is a picture before our Jungle Party we had spring semester last year. We transformed our house( from the 1st picture to this one) in about a month to throw one of the biggest pool parties that any school has ever seen. You can hear the women of the U of A explain this event as "the best day of my life". The amount of time and dedication put forth into this project is indescribable and we would like to thank everyone who helped. We are in process to start planning Jungle Party for this spring semester however, we can't make any promises that it will 100 percent will happen just yet.” -- Sam, Arizona
Our Take: Many fraternities across the country boast a pool. That pool is normally clean for the first month and then will ultimately devolve into looking like the Hudson River by the end of the year. Arizona’s SAE house has the climate (and the motivation), at least, to keep theirs active all year long. Somewhere, a kid who went to Cornell sheds a tear.
28. Phi Gamma Delta, Alabama
Your Take: None.
Our Take: It’s around 30 degrees in New York today. A sweltering Alabama day spent underneath that awning looks SUPERB right now.
27. Omicron Pi, Clarkson
Your Take: “Omicron Pi Omicron was established in 1903 as the first fraternity at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. It is a local fraternity meaning that it is the only ΟΠΟ(O Pi O) in the world and that we are not governed by pussy national organization. In addition we have remained a secret organization since the beginning. These attributes allow us to practice the same traditions as our brothers many years ago. Our fraternity purchased our mansion with our own money and between active brothers and alumni have been maintaining and running shit ever since 1958. WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF A NATIONAL. This house was originally built in 1856 and previously owned by a prominent family in the 19th century. There is some crazy history attached to it. Two other fraternities at Clarkson used to be owned by the same family as our house and each had secret underground tunnels connecting all three of them, thought to be part of the Underground Railroad. YES WE HAVE PROOF. We have 16 rooms that all are unique, not one room is the same as another. 3 of the rooms are so well hidden(behind book cases, stairs, trunks, ect.) that only brothers know they exist.” -- Alex, Clarkson
Our Take: We kind of love the triumphant “screw you” attitude Omnicron Pi Omnicron has taken toward national organizations (which gives it a high ranking), as well as the sheer amount of secret rooms their house holds. It’s like the mansion from “Clue.”
26. Sigma Phi Epsilon, Virginia Tech
Your Take: “The first house of the new VT expansion. It cost 5 MILLION dollars to build. It’s located on a golf course right across the street from the best sororities at Tech.” -- Adam, Virginia Tech
Our Take: The old business adage “Location, location, location” also, interestingly, applies to fraternity houses. The VT Sig Ep house is located on a spot where you can walk nine and then ogle coeds for your own 19th hole. Location, location, location.
25. Sigma Chi, Alabama
Your Take: “In the back is a big courtyard connected to a band room with a bar, stage, and speaker system.” -- Chris, Alabama
Our Take: Simply put, this place is massive (as many frat castles in the South are). The Sig Chi’s pad is special, though, thanks to its own band room in the courtyard. For many bros south of the Mason-Dixon, there are few things better than an outdoor country concert.
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24. Beta Theta Pi, Kansas State
Your Take: “Great group of guys that have won intramurals for 8 years in a row. Great looking house that was built in 1930's and still looks great.” -- Anonymous, Kansas State
Our Take: While we feel like we need to help out the Beta Theta Pis with their adjectives, it is true that their house does still look great. A cool 30’s design gives it an unusual look, and the moss is a nice touch. Really classes the joint up.
23. Sigma Alpha Mu, Ohio State
Your Take: "What makes Sigma Alpha Mu - Sigma Beta chapter is not only the history of the fraternity, but the men who live in it. Each and every guy that has lived and who is currently living in the house share similar interests that help keep this frastle the way it is today... Everyone on campus dreams of Sammy's football block pre-game parties every football season. The house itself is compatible with any type of party. We can turn our outdoor porch/balcony into a beach with a pool, or we can turn it into outdoor dance floor. The 4 floors can be utilized for parties and they each have unique qualities to them. Out of the many fraternities I have visited, nothing beats Sammy Sigma Beta. Go Bucks.” -- Spencer, Ohio State
Our Take: Four floors conducive to partying you say? All with unique qualities? Is this actually a misplaced description for a club in Ibiza? And if not, can we go there?
22. Sigma Chi, Bradley
Your Take: “Built in 2007, the Sigma Chi chapter house at Bradley has already been regarded as one of the most dominant buildings on campus. We originally came to Bradley’s campus in 1949, but in 2006 the university needed the land where our old house was located to construct a new recreation center. A deal was made with school officials to relocate and after payment from the university and a very generous amount of donations from alumni, the new multi-million dollar house was built in less than a year. Inside features 23 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms (no one likes communal bathrooms) for the 40 brothers we can hold. Around the house there is over 25 flat-screen TV’s, a speaker system throughout the common rooms, a HD projector room, game room with pool table and custom pong tabletop, and with an infamous balcony that is considered to be one of the most, if not, the most popular spot on campus, no party is the same with the amount of space and amenities we have here and we only just named a few.” -- John, Bradley
Our Take: 25 flat screens, a speaker system, AND a projector room. This is the house that Vince Vaughn’s Speaker City maven Beanie Campbell would have built if he was given the time in “Old School.” What a financial commitment to partying. Admirable.
21. Chi Psi, Wisconsin
Your Take: "Alpha Iota of Chi Psi, more commonly known on campus as ‘The Lodge’, has grown into one of the premier fraternities at the University of Wisconsin. One of the longest continuously active fraternities on campus, the Lodge has become a staple of the University and the city of Madison since its founding 135 years ago in 1878. Generations of men look back at their experiences at the Lodge as some of the most memorable times in their lives. The over 100 year-old Tudor Revival fraternity house was designed by renowned Milwaukee architect Alexander C. Eschweiler and constructed of native Madison sandstone. It was built in 1911 for the Chi Psi Fraternity, and designated a Madison Landmark in 1988. The imposing fraternity house rests high above the shores of Lake Mendota, a 15 square-mile lake in Madison. The lake provides year-round activities for Lodgers from swimming and boating in the warmer months to ice fishing and hockey in cooler seasons. Famous Wisconsin Lodgers include Stephen Ambrose, American Historian; The Pabst Family from Pabst Brewing Co.; Steve Miller, Musician; Ben Karlin, Executive Producer of The Daily Show & The Colbert Report among others." -- McGuiness, Wisconsin
Our Take: It’s a lake house! Like the places people go on vacations to! And you're already basically on vacation (college).
20. Kappa Sigma, Ohio State
Your Take: This was too interesting to not include in full...
"The Kappa Sigma house at Ohio State was originally built in 1856 atop an ancient indian burial mound as part of the Neil family estate which spanned the entire Ohio State campus and much of modern day Columbus. The house was named "Indianola" as a corruption of the words "indian" and "knoll" from which the street it resides on was named after. The Neil's were abolitionists and the house was built with secret passageways throughout. Many of the walls are hollow and small hidden corridors exist throughout the house granting access into the walls and ceilings. An underground tunnel used to escape slaves exists in the basement and runs directly down the middle of the front lawn and connects to a sorority house down the street. Unfortunately the tunnel was sealed decades ago for structural reasons although the entrance can still be accessed. From 1860-1862 the house was home to the Governor of Ohio, William Dennison, Jr. who married Anne Neil, daughter of William, who built the estate. The chapter was chartered at Ohio State in 1895 and fell into the hands the chapter in 1908 when the owner agreed to rent it to them for $120 a month as reward for two brothers warding off drunks that had attacked him. The chapter purchased the house in 1919 for $18,000. The house was originally built as a Swiss chalet, but remodeled in 1937 as a Virgnia colonial with six pillars to honor Kappa Sigma's Virginian roots as well as the six founding fathers of the Ohio State chapter. During WWII, the house was used as a girls dorm for two and a half years while the army took over the Ohio State dorms for housing. All of the active brothers except for two who did not pass the physical entered the armed forces. In 1984 Playboy used the front lawn with the chapter house as the backdrop to do a shoot for their "Girls of the Big Ten" edition. In 1999 the house was the center of a controversial philanthropy event that ended up as the topic of a criticizing article in Rolling Stone Magazine. The philanthropy was essentially a concert that utilized the lawn as the venue and featured the band, and OSU students at the time, O.A.R. That same year two brothers, along with a third OSU student who was not in the fraternity began experimenting in the house to create a new drink. That drink would later become known as Four Loko." -- Chase, Ohio State
Our Take: The Kappa Sigs’ house can claim a Playboy photo shoot, one of the very first O.A.R. concerts, and the place where the seeds of the idea that would become Four Loko were planted. At this point, it’s almost like the caricature of a frat house. Are we sure this place isn’t just the scrapped idea of a “Greek” TV show writer?
19. Theta Xi, UCLA
Your Take: “First off, Theta Xi was the first fraternity to have a house at UCLA. Since we got to choose our street address, the number of every other house on frat row is based on a decision our brothers made almost a century ago--which makes for an awesome story to tell at parties.
“Today, we're the only house at UCLA with a working pool. Bros can be found watching sports on our projector screen TV or playing ping-pong or billiards in the living room on any given night of the week. We've even got a library for when bros need to buckle down and find a quiet place to study. But of course, Theta Xi is also tricked out with a whole-house audio system and laser lighting for parties. Our house is already legendary and it's only going to get better: current projects include a complete renovation of our basement bar and the installation of a deck on the hill overlooking our pool. We're also working on converting our backyard patio into an outdoor canopied gym.” -- Drew, UCLA
Our Take: This UCLA abuela has a uniquely dope California design, complete with the palm trees in the front. It’s a testament to the sheer variety of these houses that the Theta Xi house exists for the same purpose as, say, a Southern school’s castle, despite looking nothing like the frat house stereotype. That being said, beer spills the same everywhere.
18. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kentucky
Your Take: “It’s a $7 million house. Includes a basketball court, library, workout room, backyard, rec room and big back porch. Twice as big as any other Greek house on campus. Often the setting for "Women of UK" calendar photo shoots. Two stone lions stand out front that are constantly guarded by pledges armed with paintball guns.” -- Ben, Kentucky
Our Take: “Constantly” guarded by pledges with paintball guns? Like you can go there at any time of the day and get a paintball blast to the face? We admire their forced commitment.
17. Phi Kappa Psi, Ohio State
Your Take: “Modeled after the South Carolina governor's mansion, the Phi Psi house was built in 1907. Since being built, it served as the model for fraternity houses in the Midwest. Phi Kappa Psi has been the longest continuous charter at OSU. Alumni raised $3 million for renovations from 2008-2010 and renovated the house in the summer of 2011. Currently the house has a capacity for 50 brothers to live in, a private parking lot for 30 cars, ideal location, and two full balconies.” -- Daniel, Ohio State
Our Take: Yes, another Ohio State house. (There honestly could have been four on the list—the TKE castle is literally No. 31). We’re sorry, but the school seems to have a stranglehold on fratsles.
Phi Kappa Psi gets on the list for its size, its exterior looks, and its deep-pocketed alumni who literally raised millions of dollars to renovate a house consummated to male bonding and excessive drinking.
16. Sigma Phi Epsilon, Michigan State
Your Take: "Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, indoor basketball court, three levels with 2 full bars, backyard patio on the Red Cedar River.” -- Ryan, Michigan State
“We’re located right on the Red Cedar River, which you may recognize from the Michigan State Fight Song. The main room in the house is about the size of a basketball court and can easily hold hundreds of people. There is also a balcony on the second floor that wraps around this entire room, which makes for epic parties. In these areas we have two full 10 feet bars, a basketball hoop, and a full size stripper pole. The house also has two outside balconies that overlook the river. There are 26 rooms in the house, along with a presidential suite, multiple bathrooms, and a full kitchen.” -- Brandon, Michigan State
Our Take: It’s staggering that there’s a fraternity house designed by maybe the world’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, but here we are. The Sig Eps of Michigan State boast an abode with some of the coolest amenities of any on the list, including an indoor basketball court, full-sized bars, and, of course, a stripper pole. And now we’re left wondering if Frank’s blueprints made room for the pole.
15. Beta Theta Pi, University of Oklahoma
Your Take: “The Gamma Phi chapter is currently in its third house as a fraternity. It was completed in 1929 and has remained unchanged on the exterior ever since and is on the National Register of Historic Places.” -- Neal, Oklahoma
“Living rooms with lofted bedrooms for every room.... Setup is perfect for great parties.” -- Connor, Oklahoma
Our Take: It’s no secret that fraternities love secret rituals. This house looks like a friggin’ Masonic temple. Someone get Dan Brown on the phone and tell him to write a thriller about the Oklahoma Beta Theta Pis.
14. Phi Delta Theta, Butler University
Your Take: "It is a special place where all brothers are welcome. We have roof access, full kitchen with cooks, and a spacious great room. Plus, who wouldn't want to live in a castle?" -- ABROham Lincoln, Butler (not a real name)
"Its actually a fucking castle. 'Nuff said. And there’s a roof you can go out on. Bitches love the roof." -- Jon, Butler
Our Take: It is actually a fucking castle. Built in 1929 and recently renovated to make it—seriously—the first LEED certified fraternity house in the state of Indiana, the Phi Delt's palace boasts a limestone and granite exterior with a brand-new interior. We just hope the 48 residents have remembered to put in a monastery in which to properly worship at the feet of Brad Stevens.
13. Acacia, Indiana
Your Take: “Check out how ballin that bitch is.” -- Don, Indiana
Our Take: It’s ballin, bitch.
12. Pi Kappa Alpha, Florida State
Your Take: “Biggest house in the nation. Best parties. Hottest girls.” -- Frat Damon (good one)
Our Take: Maybe five fraternities emailed us to say that they had the largest house in the country. For now at least, THIS is actually the biggest. Florida State’s Pike house looks a little cookie cutter in design, but makes up for a lack of originality by being absolutely massive and utterly legendary throughout the Southeast for its parties. The Tallahassee climate means that its courtyard is constantly filled with that most glorious of all fraternity traditions: Day drinking.
11. Zeta Psi Tau, Lafayette
Your Take: "This house has unparalleled history and architecture." -- Ryan, Lafayette
"The oldest house on campus, built in 1919, a national landmark in the state of Pennsylvania, the location of the Zeta Psi national meetings. Just generally fratty." -- Michael, Lafayette
"It's dope as shit." -- Connor, Lafayette
Our Take: When your house not only has its own Wikipedia page, it also boasts a more-than-creepy YouTube video of a woman touring it while New Age music plays in the background—let's just say it deserves a high spot on this list. Look at all the historic Arts and Crafts features that you can spill beer on!
(Also, we love the way that the comments above just devolved into Connor’s “It’s dope as shit.” Straight and to the point, Connor.)
10. Delta Phi, Cornell
Your Take: “Llenroc is home to the Pi Chapter of the Delta Phi at Cornell University. It was constructed in 1875 to be the "villa" of Ezra Cornell, Cornell's founder, and it has been in Delta Phi's possession since 1911. The house is filled with hand made wood and stone carvings. There is a massive backyard, and the house overlooks the city of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.” -- Peter, Cornell
“Gigantic backyard, best physical house at Cornell University.” -- Daniel, Cornell
Our Take: First of all, daps on having a house that can pull off having its own name. Calling an apartment in NYC “Lenroc” just doesn’t have the same ring. Second of all, this house is nice as hell, with a massive backyard perfect for so many activities, and an exterior that wouldn’t look out of place in the English countryside. We want to put on hunting gear and shotgun a beer there RIGHT NOW.
9. Alpha Tau Omega, Indiana
Your Take: “A tutor house on a hill. Best frat on campus without a doubt. It's a huge house built in 1915. We have a painting in our living room est. worth over 3 million. All the furniture in the formal was donated by the Army and made from custom brazilian imported wood. John Mellencamp filmed a MTV commercial in our formal. We have had as many as 125 guys living in at one time. Great guys, great house.” -- Peter, Indiana
Our Take: None of what Peter sounded real, huh? Which is a compliment, because while we were unable to verify the John Mellencamp and painting facts, we did verify that the house has had over 100 inhabitants before. Widely known for its ridiculous parties, massive size, and general fratiness, Indiana’s ATO abode is a scene everywhere at the school should visit once.
8. Sigma Pi, Penn State
Your Take: “As we have just come upon our 100th year anniversary, we celebrate a house that is not only beautiful and well kept, but is built for good times. With recent renovations and a good alumni base we’ve maintained a reputation as one of the most beautiful fraternity houses in the northeast. It features 34 bedrooms... a fenced in solarium area accessible from the second floor which is great for drinking during good weather, a private brothers bar, grand room, and a chapter room featuring laser cut astrological signs into the floor tiles. Also we boast Penn State’s largest front porch which is great for tailgates and hanging out.” -- Brian, Penn State
Our Take: Our one resident Penn Stater, Brandon, can vouch for the Sigma Pi house: It’s a beaut, known not only for its status as one of the nicest-looking buildings on campus, but its rep as a place HIGHLY conducive for day drinking. (And indoor drinking, for the colder days during State College’s 8-month winter.)
Also, the astrological signs are an... interesting touch.
7. Psi Upsilon, University of Pennsylvania
Your Take: None
Our Take: Long called the most impressive house on Penn’s campus, the Castle was built in 1899 and, after a short break in the 90s, has remained the Psi Upsilon house ever since. Unanimous sentiment of everyone in the office upon seeing its picture: “Sweet.”
6. Phi Gamma Delta, Texas
Your Take: “6 million dollars was raised to knock down the two houses behind the fraternity house and build a brand new house, then connect both houses after renovation, making the largest fraternity house sq-ft in the nation. Construction has already started.” -- Burwell, Texas
“Bevo is present at most tailgates.” -- Burwell, Texas
Our Take: The former governor’s mansion of Texas, “Buen Retiro” was built in 1902 and could be called the quintessential Southern frat palace: A massive house (that’s getting even bigger), with a location right on the main drag near UT. Plus rooftop parties. And Bevo’s presence at tailgates! Who wouldn’t want to get drunk at a tailgate with Bevo?
5. Phi Gamma Delta, Oklahoma
Your Take: None.
Our Take: Recently rebuilt, the Phi Gamma Delta house of Oklahoma looks like what would happen if a ridiculously nice country club were left in the hands of college kids. (Actually, it looks like they’re taking pretty good care of it.)
It looks like the Phi Gamma Delta Red River rivalry goes to Oklahoma this year!
4. Alpha Delta Phi, Cornell
Your Take: “The brothers of the Phi’ reside in a Jacobethan Revival structure designed by John Russell Pope (who designed the Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration building, and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art).
“We have a sixteen-sided structure across our driveway (named “Alpha Delta Phi Drive”). It bears neither windows nor doors. Who has entered this secret building? Only brothers.” -- Peter, Cornell
“We also host ‘Victory Club’ which Playboy Magazine deemed “the classiest party in the Ivy League.” Once a year, we hold a black-tie casino night for charity that is one of the most prominent events on campus. This tradition came about from the days of Prohibition and our chapter stepped into the role of being a speakeasy.” -- Peter, again
Our Take: Another house that’s quite literally a castle (and we promise that we’re not biased toward Cornell in any way), the Alpha Delta Phis boast a residence that sits by itself on an Ithacan hill, giving the fraternity a chance to party in private.
And on a different note, anyone want to take any bets on what’s in that 16-sided structure? Big Foot? The Abominable Snowman? Frozen people being dethawed after they tried to walk to the library in the winter? The sheer size and secrecy of that structure has to give the Alpha Delts a nod over their Delta Phi rivals.
3. Delta Kappa Epsilon, Syracuse
Your Take: "First fraternity on campus 1871. Old stone castle with former carriage house/barn that was converted into a secondary back-house for upperclassmen to live in close enough proximity to the party that they could crush, but also far enough away to have some sense of privacy. Full-sized sand volleyball and half court basketball near 28-car parking lot. Sits above the rest of the houses on the hill on East Adams with views all the way across the city to both the lake and the Carrier Dome. Right next to the business school so you can throw down and still not be late for class (most of the time). Ridiculous interior on the first floor—old mahogany oak covers the main floor, with a one of a kind hand carved staircase that dates back to some gnarly guy who made staircases 'n things (good business name, buddy).
One room was reconstructed after interior panels were hand carved and painted with gold leaf and shipped from Morocco to be reconstructed in the house. It was pretty dope to party in there for holiday formals. Classed the place up." -- Syracuse Alum
"As a guest of the Wilkinson family, Theodore Roosevelt resided here for more than a month while engaged in a libel suit with an Albany publisher in the famous Barnes-Roosevelt case." -- Alex, Syracuse
"Dick Clark (huge bro) bought our house." -- Evan, Syracuse
Our Take: Teddy Roosevelt came up with the slogan "Walk softly and carry a big stick," and, when he wasn’t president, was known to kill lions for fun. Dick Clark annually helmed the biggest party of the year. They’re two of the biggest bros of all time.
AND you’re saying both have a direct relation to this house? How could it not rank in the top five?
2. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Michigan
Your Take: "Biggest house on campus, resides on the two main streets on campus, home of the Mud Bowl, and over 100 years old." -- Mason, Michigan
"Simply, it's awesome.... Annual mud bowl, a mud football game played between us and another fraternity, every year.... Concerts at our senior house. It's simply the ultimate frat castle, no denial there." -- Tommy, Michigan
Our Take: We’ve often heard tale of the SAE house at Michigan (mainly from tailgate crews of the past). It seems to be a true haven of miscreants, and bonus points for hosting one of the coolest college traditions in the country: The Mud Bowl, an annual competition between fraternity houses at the school that ends with everyone involved muddy and shitfaced.
A house that has the college student’s version of Lambeau Field in its front yard... What’s not to like?
1. Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Vanderbilt
Your Take: “This isn't a competition about who throws the best parties or has the hottest girls, this is about finding the place in America that is the perfect home for the best men on campus. So why is my fraternity house the best?
“First, and foremost, it is actually a castle. I think we need to stop right there, and crown the winner. This house is what fraternity life is all about - just big-dicking everyone. Calling our home a castle is not some gross exaggeration that other college aged kids might throw around regarding their places of fraternization. This is a goddamn castle from the Civil War with turrets and cannons.
“Also, exclusiveness is key. Our castle isn't on Greek Row with the rest of the other houses. No, we are on our own corner separate from everyone. Because you'd feel bad for the house that would have to be neighbors with us.
“You want space? The rooms are the biggest on campus. Of every boarding option that the school offers, none gives you more space than living in the castle.
“Activities? You want more than just a bed for yourself? Okay. How about a baseketball court? Yeah, a lot of people have basketball courts, but we all know that baseketball is the sport of the future.
“Food? You can't beat Chef Eric's casserole, just trust me on that one. There's a lot of good food in the South, but there is not one person that can make simple salad like Chef Eric.
“There truly is no feeling like waking up in the biggest room on campus, looking out from your turret at the other houses and smelling Eric's continental breakfast coming from downstairs.” -- JR, Vanderbilt
“It's an actual castle... enough said. It also survived $12,000 worth of Alumni damage so it's got staying power.” -- Anonymous, Vanderbilt
Our Take: There’s a strong case to be made—both from statistical and anecdotal evidence—that Vanderbilt is the frattiest school in the country. This is its Greek system’s crown jewel building: A castle (featured in a Brad Paisley music video!) reportedly known for being the only old frat house at the school that wasn’t torn down in the ‘70s.
Unfortunately, the house is currently under repairs for the indefinite future. This may or may not be due to 2011’s alumni weekend, which by all accounts was one of the most batshit crazy in college history (and which was mentioned above). According to an email that made the rounds that year... well, we’ll just excerpt a bit. Needless to say this old standby paid host to Vanderbilt’s own Project X for two days.
“President’s room: Desk chair thrown through two different windows (incidentally both the chair and the shattered glass hit our president in the face as he was cleaning up beer cans in the front yard after the tailgate)
Rush chair's room: The entire contents of the rush chairs room were found thrown through a window and onto the roof of the chapter room. Also of note, on Saturday night an alumni had to be stopped from defecating in the rush chair's refrigerator with a roomful of his contemporaries
House manager's room: Relatively little damage with the only issue being that every window was broken out
Social chair's room: It is currently impossible to walk into the social chair's room without stepping on glass as 8 Champagne bottles and 7 handles of liquor were smashed on his floor
His bed was also vomited in and had a couch placed upside down in the vomit
Total (Minimum): $12,000
- Taken from the minimum cost for replacing or repairing all issues listed above.
- Costs include labor and materials provided by Vanderbilt Plant Operations”
We’re not putting the SAE house tops on the list because we think it’s sweet that alums almost destroyed the place.
We just think it’s incredible that it’s still standing.
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