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Address: 301 Chase Avenue
Architectural Style: Vernacular
Year Built: c. 1860
Architect/Builder: Unknown
Original Owner: Unknown

This fraternity lodge is said to be the oldest continually used structure of its kind in the United States.  It was built in 1860, two years after Alpha Delta Phi was founded at Kenyon College.  The building was moved to this site in 1933, a heavily wooded spot on the north side of Gambier.  It originally stood several hundred yards east of the village.  The architectural character reflects the simple wood frame construction found in a small rural community in the years leading up to the Civil War.  It is a simple wood frame building with a front gable entrance.  The wood door retains iron hinges and straps, and in the center is a bronze placard with the fraternity's emblem.  The date on the placard reads 1832, the year that the fraternity was originally founded at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.  Long narrow windows with closed shutters decorate the other sides of the building.  The rear of the building has a small louvered window.  Otherwise the structure is completely devoid of decoration, and appears to be in its original condition except for general maintenance of the property.

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