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1870-1890

1870 | May 16

1870-1890

Alpha Phi Builds First Sorority House
In the spring of 1884, the Founders of Alpha Phi said “their hearts turned not to love, but to lots,” and in 1886, they purchased the future site of the first chapter house in the country. The lot 56 x 178 feet was purchased for $25.00 a foot. The money for the building of house was forthcoming—a bank loan of $2500 on a first mortgage; a loan of $2700 from an Alpha Phi father on a second mortgage; and gifts and pledges from the women, alumnae, parents and friends. By 1902, the debts were paid and the $5200 house was clear of mortgages. On June 24, 1886, the New York Times reported on the event saying, “This is believed to be the first chapter house built for women.”
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