Delta Upsilon Fraternity Restoration/Reconstruction


Project Description:
Built in 1903, The Delta Upsilon Fraternity House is the oldest residential fraternity/sorority house at the University of Michigan still occupied by the organization which constructed it. Designed by Detroit Architect Albert Kahn, the two-and-one-half story Arts-and-Crafts influenced, Tudor Revival is registered on the National Historical Register.


On May 30, 2008 the house was severly damaged in an electrical fire which destroyed a significant amount of the upper levels with partial structural failures of the roof and second and third floors. JSA was retained to provide the necessary documentation and expertise to reconstruct the house to its original grandeur. The Delta Upsilon Fraternity House is a two-and-one-half-story, basically rectangular, side-gable building clad in brick in the first story and stucco in the second, with half-timbered and shingled accents. The balanced, south-facing front has a shallow E-shaped plan, with a slightly projecting, front-gable wing at each end of the facade and a narrow, three-story, front-gable projection marking the center of the facade. The center of the facade between the wings displays a recessed portico supported by four round columns. The central front-gable section has casement windows at the attic story, vergeboards with applique detailing, and half-timbering in the upper stories. The facade features casement and double-hung windows grouped in units of two, three, and four. Shed dormers containing paired casement windows pierce the roof.

Courtesy of http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/hso/sites/44143.htm


Service Provided to the Client:
We measured and documented all post fire existing conditions. Through drawings, JSA carefully showed the areas of the house that received new wall studs, new furring, new wood lathe, and new interior or exterior substrates and the areas where existing materials were to remain.


Awards and Recognition:


Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Front Elevation Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Fireplace Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Front Door
Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Interior Under Construction Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Front Door Carvings Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Presentation
Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Front Door Address Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Dining Room and hall Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Fireplace Nook
Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Fireplace Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Front Door Crest Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Front Facade
Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Exterior Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Nook Carving Detail Delta Upsilon Fraternity Lamp Detail
Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Nook Detail Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Nook Carving Detail Delta Upsilon Fraternity Bedroom Furniture
Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Bedroom Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Bedroom Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Bedroom
Delta Upsilon Fraternity House Bedroom
Delta Upsilon Fraternity House

Project Data:
Year: 2008-2012
Location: 1331 Hill Street,
Ann Arbor, MI

Square Footage: 10,263

Project was in collaboration with Belfor USA

Click to view the Delta Upsilon House Presentation