September 19, 2011
Munkittrick Associates recently completed a comprehensive architectural preservation study for the Eclectic Society of Phi Nu Theta House (1907) on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. The Greek Revival structure, designed by architect Henry Bacon (who would go on to design the Lincoln Memorial a little more than a decade later), served as the grandest of private fraternity houses on Wesleyan’s campus for more than sixty years.
After an extensive site visit and review of archival materials in the University Archives, Munkittrick Associates developed a report detailing the condition of the structure and its adherence to building and life safety codes. Munkittrick Associates also recommended ways by which the University could preserve the integrity of surviving architectural features and respectfully restore portions of the interior and façade to acknowledge Bacon’s original intent for the structure, when it prepares a major maintenance plan for the building.
Munkittrick Associates has more than twenty years of experiencing working on historic preservation projects in Connecticut and New England. We provide archival research, building assessment, code adherence and project management services for the most delicate of preservation projects.
Wesleyan University Special Collections: http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/schome/
Eclectic Society History (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclectic_Society_%28fraternity%29
Eclectic Society Website: http://eclectic.wesleyan.edu/
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