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Kappa Delta Sorority House at Cornell University, like many of the sororities and fraternities on campus, is a historic house on the edge of campus. 

Over the years, numerous additions and renovations to the house completely obscured the original charm of the 1936 vintage Queen Anne style house. With a vision to solve both functional needs and to bring back some of the aesthetic elegance, this project created a large wrap around porch, a generous and prominent front entrance, and details such as a hip roof for the porch and a stained glass eyebrow window directly over the main entrance. The large porch will be utilized during the warm months by the sorority sisters for entertaining and relaxing, and in the winter months, during sorority rush, the porch will serve to protect large groups of prospective recruits while they wait to enter the house. 

 

A redesign of the front lawn, the front walk to the house from the street-side public sidewalk, as well as the sidewalk leading to the parking lot behind the building provided accessible routes to the new front entrance. An addition reinstated the formal entry, and created space for a coat and mail room, as well as and a new ADA accessible toilet room.

 

 For more information about this project contact Cindy Kaufman, AIA: ck@holt.com


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