Fraternity Chapter Histories at Lafayette College

Lafayette College and the Greek Experience


Fraternities at Lafayette College, 1853-

718 Hamilton Street
Sullivan Lane
(March Field)
Alpha Chi Rho
Chapter name: Phi Alpha
Local fraternity name: Psi Alpha Kappa
Date organized: 1902
Date of national affiliation: 1903
Date closed: 1985 due to low membership
Location and date of house(s): 718 Hamilton St. (1919); Sullivan Lane
Alpha Sigma Delta (local)
See Phi Kappa Tau
Chapter name:
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1920; created from 2 clubs, Order of Sphinx and Arrows
Date of national affiliation:
Date closed:
Location and date of house(s):
Arrows Club — See Alpha Sigma Delta
West Campus Chi Phi
Chapter name: Rho
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1874
Date of national affiliation: 1874
Date closed: 2005
Location and date of house(s): West Campus, next to Easton Hall (1909)
Delta Beta Phi
Chapter name: Psi
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1878; re-established 1881
Date of national affiliation: 1878
Date closed: 1884
Location and date of house(s):
March Field (1903)
March Field (1962)
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Chapter name: Rho
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1855
Date of national affiliation:
Date closed:
Location and date of house(s): March Field (1903), destroyed by fire, Dec. 3, 1959.New house built, March Field (1961-62)
Interior 1903 house
West Campus Delta Tau Delta
Chapter name: Nu
Local fraternity name: Skull and Raven (1900-1906)
Date organized: 1874; reorganized in 1878; inactive in 1893; becomes Skull and Raven in 1900; formally reinstated in 1906
Date of national affiliation: 1874
Date closed: 1988 due to disciplinary action
Location and date of house(s): West Campus, beside Marquis Hall
Interior West Campus
house
East Campus, beside
Hogg Hall
Delta Upsilon
Chapter name: Lafayette Chapter
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1885; 1988 closed due to disiplinary action; 1993 reinstated
Date of national affiliation: 1885
Date closed:
Location and date of house(s): East Campus, house located at current site of Farinon Center (1912); Sullivan Lane (former Phi Delta Theta house), 1996; former Chi Phi house after 2005
Interior East Campus
house
Elms — See Theta Xi
Friars — See Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Iota Alpha Kappa
Chapter name: Delta
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1863
Date of national affiliation: 1863
Date closed: 1874-75
Location and date of house(s):
East Campus,
opposite Soles Hall
Kappa Delta Rho
Chapter name: Rho
Local fraternity name: Krescent Fraternity; ca. 1927-1931 merged with Tarms (est. 1920)
Date organized: 1922
Date of national affiliation: 1928
Date closed: July 2011 Disciplinary Conduct
Location and date of house(s): Original house on Porter St.; 1929 moved to Sullivan Lane; 1931 moved into house opposite Soles Hall (original Home of the Tarms)
East Campus Drive
Sullivan Lane Quadrangle
Kappa Sigma
Chapter name: Delta Beta
Local fraternity name: Omega Delta Phi
Date organized: 1909
Date of national affiliation: 1921
Date closed: 1986 due to low membership
Location and date of house(s): Sullivan Lane; 1 East Campus Drive (1945); Four house quadrangle, Sullivan Lane (1963)
Krescent Fraternity — See Kappa Delta Rho
Order of Sphinx –See Alpha Sigma Delta
Sullivan Lane, beside
Skillman Library
Phi Delta Theta
Chapter name: Pennsylvania Alpha
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1873
Date of national affiliation: 1873
Date closed: 1993 due to disciplinary action
Location and date of house(s): Behind Van Wickle Hall on Sullivan Lane
Interior Sullivan Lane
house
Corner of Sullivan
Lane and High Street
House proceeding down
Sullivan Lane to its new
location on March field
Phi Gamma Delta
Chapter name: Theta
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1869
Date of national affiliation:
Date closed: 2010 Disciplinary Conduct
Location and date of house(s): Originally located on north end of Skillman Library; house physically moved to March Field, July 1, 1971
Phi Kappa Sigma
Chapter name: Gamma
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1853
Date of national affiliation: 1853
Date closed: 1882
Location and date of house(s):
Sullivan Lane
225 Reeder Street
Phi Kappa Tau
Chapter name: Alpha Omicron
Local fraternity name: Delta Sigma
Date organized: 1925; 1934 merged with Alpha Sigma Delta; 1956 severed ties with national so that it could pledge two black students, took Local fraternity name Delta Sigma; 1958 regained national charter
Date of national affiliation: 1928; 1936 deactivated; 1947 reactivated; 1956 resigned from national; 1958 reactivated
Date closed: September 1974 due to low membership
Location and date of house(s): High Street (prior to 1934); Sullivan Lane, prior home of Alpha Sigma Delta (1934); Occupied Faculty Club, McCartney St. and Clinton Terrace (1961); 225 Reeder Street (1963); 718 Hamilton Street (1972)
Phi Rho Sigma
Chapter name: Alpha
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1881
Date of national affiliation: 1881
Date closed: 1883
Location and date of house(s):
510 Cattell Street Pi Lambda Phi
Chapter name: Sigma
Local fraternity name: Towers
Date organized: 1925
Date of national affiliation: 1940
Date closed: 1982 due to low membership
Location and date of house(s): 32 Cattell Street; 500 Paxinosa Avenue (1937) ; Sullivan Lane (1946) ; 510 Cattell Street, currently the Lafayette Inn (1958)
College Avenue
East Campus Drive
Sullivan Lane Quadrangle
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Chapter name: Gamma
Local fraternity name: Friars
Date organized: 1908
Date of national affiliation: 1919
Date closed: 1997 due to disciplinary action
Location and date of house(s): Cattell Street and Clinton Terrace; East Campus Drive; College Avenue, beside President’s House; Four house quadrangle, Sullivan Lane
517 Clinton Terrace
Sullivan Lane Quadrangle
Sigma Chi
Chapter name: Phi
Local fraternity name: Sigma Phi Chi (1966-1982)
Date organized: 1867; inactive 1888; re-established 1899
Date of national affiliation: 1867
Date closed: 1997 due to low membership
Location and date of house(s): 517 Clinton Terrace; Corner of Reeder and High Streets, lost this house during World War II (1947); Former home of Dr. James Tupper, #5 East Campus (1947); Four house quadrangle, Sullivan Lane (1963); Clinton Terrace (1996)
Interior Clinton Terrace
house?
College Avenue Sigma  Nu
Chapter name: Gamma Epsilon
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1900
Date of national affiliation: 1900
Date closed: 1995 due to disciplinary action
Location and date of house(s): 32 Cattell Street (1914); Top of College Avenue (1917)
Skull and Raven — See Delta Tau Delta
Tarms — See Kappa Delta Rho
Sullivan Lane Quadrangle
225 Reeder Street
Theta Chi
Chapter name: Alpha Omega|
Local fraternity name: Kappa Phi
Date organized: 1923
Date of national affiliation: 1930
Date closed: 2003
Location and date of house(s): 225 Reeder Street (1930); Four house quadrangle, Sullivan Lane (1963); 225 Reeder Street (1996)
West Campus, behind
Kirby Hall
Theta Delta Chi
Chapter name: Phi
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1867
Date of national affiliation: 1867; 1887 inactive;1890 reactivated
Date closed: 2001 due to disciplinary action
Location and date of house(s): West Campus, behind Kirby Hall
College Avenue
Sullivan Lane Quadrangle
Theta Xi
Chapter name: Alpha Theta
Local fraternity name: Elms
Date organized: 1922
Date of national affiliation: 1931
Date closed: 1972 due to low membership
Location and date of house(s): Clinton Terrace; College Avenue; Four house quadrangle, Sullivan Lane (December 1962)
Towers — See Pi Lambda Phi
Upsilon Beta
Chapter name: Theta
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1868
Date of national affiliation: 1868
Date closed: ca. 1872-1873
Location and date of house(s):
East Campus, College Drive Zeta Psi
Chapter name: Tau
Local fraternity name:
Date organized: 1857
Date of national affiliation: 1857
Date closed: 2014, suspended due to disciplinary action until Nov. 2018
Location and date of house(s): East Campus, College Drive (1912)