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Property Name Theta Xi Fraternity Chapter House
Reference Number 13000911
State New York
County Rensselaer
Town Troy
Street Address 1490 Sage Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/11/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
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The Theta Xi Fraternity Chapter House, located on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in association with Criterion C, in the area of architecture; it is being nominated at the local significance level. The chapter house is an excellent local example of the Tudor Revival architectural style as interpreted by New York architect Joseph M. Lawlor and as applied for domestic purposes. Characteristics of this style as expressed in the Theta Xi house include its steeply pitched slate gable roof with intersecting gables, Tudor-arched limestone entryway, grouped casement windows, and tall chimneys. The building embodies characteristic features of the fraternity house type, as expressed in its various social spaces, its industrial kitchen, and its large number of small bedrooms. The Theta Xi houses historic integrity has been maintained over the years and the building continues to look and function much the way it did when completed. The period of significance for this nomination is 1931, the year in which the house was built.


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