Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday February 27, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

From Church to Fraternity

 

continued

The move was happier for SigEp, which is celebrating its hundredth anniversary on campus in its new chapter house. Established here in 1912, the fraternity has gone through some hard times in recent years. Sanctioned after a hazing incident, the chapter was disbanded in 1994. Its house at State and Hill was sold to the university, but before the transaction was finalized, squatters got into the building and it burned down. The site is now occupied by Weill Hall, home of the Ford School of Public Policy.

Since the national fraternity "re-colonized" the chapter in 1997, the SigEps have rented four different buildings. But "it's difficult to grow and improve chapter operations and performance when trying to find a new place every few years, plus we wanted to build equity," says Jerry Mangona, president of the fraternity's local alumni group.

When the church came on the market, Mangona petitioned the fraternity headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, to send staff architect Jonathan Kucera to do a study. Once Kucera established that the conversion was feasible, the local alumni volunteer board hired Hobbs and Black to plan the conversion. It was a perfect choice, Mangona explains, both because the architects' own offices are in a former church (the 1882 First Unitarian Church at the corner of Huron and State), and because owner Bill Hobbs "is a well-known and well-respected alumnus from our fraternity."

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Photo: We're with Her Photo: We're with Her
Ann Arbor Neighborhoods - Mitchell Ann Arbor Neighborhoods - Mitchell
Co-op in Turmoil - A union forms, the manager l... Co-op in Turmoil - A union forms, the manager l...
Software Blues - What happened to the city's Nu... Software Blues - What happened to the city's Nu...
Ann Arbor Nightspots: Dreamland Theater Ann Arbor Nightspots: Dreamland Theater
Crime Map Crime Map
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Ripple Effect - Broken glass displaces the Y cr... Ripple Effect - Broken glass displaces the Y cr...
Once Upon a  Grill - Quick bite: February 2017 Once Upon a Grill - Quick bite: February 2017
Ann Arbor Religion and Spirituality Ann Arbor Religion and Spirituality
spark
custom blinds and window treatments, flooring, and furniture
top of the lamp. All your in home lighting needs.
Become of Fan of the Ann Arbor Observer on Facebook
Your guide to summer camps and activities for kids.
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor