FRATERNITY ROW

FRATERNITY ROW


Fraternity Row was once located on the western edge of the UNC campus.

Fraternity Row, located on the then-western edge of the UNC campus, was comprised mainly of fraternity houses and a few buildings that catered to the fraternities.

View north, 1916 (via UNC)

View north, circa 1918 (via UNC)

View north west, circa 1920 (via UNC)

View south, 1920s (via UNC)

 

The 1911, 1915, and 1925 Sanborn maps show the evolution of the row, but by the mid-1920s fraternities were beginning to move off campus, apparently something that was desired by UNC due to several fires in the houses that had occured over time, especially with a large one in 1919.

By the 1930s, only four houses remained; today (2021), only one house remains, the original Zeta Psi Hall.

1911 Sanborn map excerpt

1915 Sanborn map excerpt

1925 Sanborn map excerpt

 

KAPPA SIGMA FRAT HALL / THE EVERGREENS / SMITH-EVERGREEN COTTAGE / EVERGREEN HOUSE

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The sole survivor of UNC's original Fraternity Row.

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Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1912-1913
/ Modified in
1957-1970
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2010
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Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
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View west, 1917 (via UNC's Yackety Yack)

Building is at right of photo; view south, 1920s (via UNC)

View west, 1945

View north west, 1957

Known variously as the Kappa Sigma frat hall, The Evergreens, Evergreen Cottage, the Smith-Evergreen Cottage, and the Evergreen House, it was built between late 1912 and 1913. It likely obtained the name "Evergreen" or "Evergreens" from the trees that once surrounded it. 

The structure was used as temporary housing for Army cadets in March 1943. From 1943 to June 1946, due to the student housing shortage during WWII, it was used by the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity. By 1945 the first floor of the front porch was enclosed. It was used as an annex for the Tri Delta sorority house in the late 1950s.

At some point (after 1957) the upper floor of its two-story front porch was enclosed. In early 1984, UNC's first ethernet was deployed in the building.

Naturally, this building was put on the "scheduled for destruction" list of UNC's Board of Governors' Committee on Budget and Finance in 2004, during the Moeser-Kapp regime. It is the sole survivor of UNC's original Fraternity Row.

View north west (image via UNC)

View west, 3.9.2021 (photo by S. Rankin)

View east, 3.9.2021 (photo by S. Rankin)

View north, 3.9.2021 (photo by S. Rankin)

View south, 3.9.2021 (photo by S. Rankin)

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The Coop, 1910The Coop, 1911 Sanborn map excerptThe Coop, 1916

THE COOP

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In 1909 or early 1910, Jesse Jones opened "The Coop,” a members-only dining facility that catered to university students, especially fraternity members. It was located east of (just to the rear of) the present-day Ackland Art Museum building, near several fraternity houses. 

The Coop, 1910

The Coop, view west, 1910

The Coop, 1911 Sanborn map excerpt

The Coop, 1911 Sanborn map excerpt (circled in red)

 

Jones died August 1, 1912, but his business was continued by Harrison Neville.

The Coop, 1916

1916

The Coop was enlarged and expanded (structure-wise) and its main entrance moved to the south side of the structure in 1916 or 1917. It moved from its original location to a new building next door (to the east) in 1917 or 1918. In 1921, a take-off of the Coop, named "The Cabin," occupied the old Coop building and continued in operation until 1935. The Coop in its new location operated until 1933. 

The buildings were likely demolished when the Ackland Art Museum was built in 1958. 

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