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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chi Phi Fraternity

Law, Law and Potter, Architects

 

1928

 
Chi Phi Fraternity Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 29, 2014
1. Chi Phi Fraternity Marker
Inscription. The Chi Phi fraternity house is an outstanding example of the Tudor Revival style and is constructed of Madison sandstone. The striking design featuring steeply pitched and parapeted gables is one of the most accomplished works of premier Madison architects Law, Law and Potter who designed several of the fraternity and sorority houses on Langdon Street. The building is significant for its association with collegiate social organizations: the Chi Phi fraternity is the nation's oldest fraternity. Wisconsin's Kappa of Chi Phi chapter was founded in 1911 and was chartered in 1916.

Designated March 07, 1994
 
Erected 2014 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 118.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.62′ N, 89° 23.58′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of North Henry Street and Langdon Street, on the left when traveling north on North Henry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 610 North Henry Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chi Psi Lodge (about 300 feet away, measured
Chi Phi Fraternity Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 29, 2014
2. Chi Phi Fraternity Marker
in a direct line); Suhr House (about 500 feet away); Braley House (about 500 feet away); Woman's Building (about 600 feet away); Vietnam War protesters and police clashed here (about 600 feet away); Delta Upsilon Fraternity House (about 700 feet away); Beecroft House (about 700 feet away); World-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright called Madison his hometown (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Chi Phi Fraternity. According to a summary by the Madison Landmarks Commission that is somewhat contradictory to the marker, "Constructed of Madison's native sandstone, the Chi Phi Fraternity House is an outstanding example of the Tudor Revival style. The handsome building is one of the most accomplished works of the local architectural firm of Law, Law and Potter who designed several of the Greek Society houses on Langdon St. The Chi Phi fraternity is the nation's oldest social fraternity. Founded on the UW campus in 1912 as the Red Triangles Society, Wisconsin's Kappa of Chi Phi Chapter was chartered
Chi Phi Fraternity image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 29, 2014
3. Chi Phi Fraternity
This is the North Henry Street side of the building. The marker is behind the tree on the right.
in 1915."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for Madison sandstone buildings.
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission (pdf). The landmark nomination form for the building. (Submitted on November 11, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. architecture
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal Organizations
 
Chi Phi Fraternity image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 29, 2014
4. Chi Phi Fraternity
This is the Langdon Street side of the building.
Chi Phi Fraternity Plaque image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 29, 2014
5. Chi Phi Fraternity Plaque
This plaque is next to the main door on the North Henry Street side of the building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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