U of I Fraternity Pursues $4.5M House Work

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Illinois is tearing down part of its fraternity house to modernize the building. But a portion built in 1908 will stay.

Todd Salen is treasurer of the fraternity’s campaign to finance the $4.5 million rebuilding project. He tells The News-Gazette in Champaign that the fraternity hopes to avoid having its rebuilt house feel like an apartment building.

The 106-year-old part of the house is built in the English Tudor style. Salen says it will be restored, too.

He said the house was the first on campus built for a fraternity.

The rebuilt 24,000-square foot house will have room for 71 people.

The fraternity hopes it can move back in by August 2015.

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