By Mathew Tan
New on campus: FarmHouse Fraternity rebuilds house with five-floor design and revamped interior.
State Street’s latest addition. Following seven months of construction, Purdue’s Farmhouse Fraternity finally opens its doors to welcome back brothers for the Spring 2016 semester. The project was underway in May, requiring a $6.5 million budget and the help of multiple local contracting companies.
Scott Denton, undergraduate representative for the assignment and senior in the fraternity, spoke about the reasons for the renovations. Denton mentioned that brothers could have invested $2-3 million to repair the old house but decided now was the time for change.
“Parts of the building were out of code and in need of repair,” Scott explained. The house was rebuilt from the ground up, giving FarmHouse a completely new look.
Of the five stories in the building, the top two floors include sleeping quarters and small study rooms. The lower levels house a floor of suites, each consisting of two rooms with a common area.. These suites are intended to accommodate four brothers at most.
The main floor features a larger dining room, foyer, and personal set of rooms for the house mother. Lastly, in the basement are more common areas, conference rooms, and a dedicated chapter room. To make navigating the house a little easier, designers even had an elevator installed to connect all the floors together in addition to its two stairwells.
For Corey Beck, President of FarmHouse, the best features of the new house are the redone basketball court and patio, the larger dining area and foyer, and the dedicated chapter room. In the past, brothers held chapter meetings in their dining room but now have more space to work and host events.
With a new FarmHouse, however, comes the loss of the original house. What will the brothers miss the most?
“The memories. The memories will always be there but they won’t be the same when you don’t have the house to go back to.” Scott and Corey answered. On the upside, their hope is that with the new house, this class will have a chance to make their own memories. Having a redesigned building with more space also means that the fraternity can house more people. Whereas the original space could accommodate 63 brothers, the redesign will eventually allow almost ten more people to live in the house.
Moving forward, the fraternity plans to take a break from making changes. What follows next is celebrating the finished product with the people at Purdue: faculty and staff, FarmHouse alumni, and even prospective brothers. A new home on the outside with the same people and memories on the inside, FarmHouse opens a new chapter for its future.