A Brief History of Oklahoma Beta Housing
Oklahoma Beta’s first house was at 901 College, the corner of the College (now University) and Washington. To say it was old would be an understatement. It already served as home for 3 Fraternities, a Sorority, and to house soldiers during WWII. It would only hold about 30 men.
With virtually no Alumni they started to raise money for a new house and raised enough capital to buy some land at 3rd & Garfield which had 3 buildings. A 2 story house (big annex) a bungalow, and a converted garage apartment which gave them the additional space they needed for housing.
In 1962, Oklahoma Beta traded out the lots on Garfield plus some cash for the Alpha Chi Omega house at 224 S. Monroe; our current location. It was pink and had flowered curtains but at last the men of Oklahoma Beta were under one roof.
In the summer of 1983, 224 S. Monroe was 75% destroyed by an electrical fire. For the next couple of years, the chapter managed to survive by way of living across the street in our Apartment complex. In the fall on 1985, the Chapter moved into the current structure. The last 30-plus years has brought forth improvements to the House mainly to meet updated housing codes and standards such as fire suppression systems.
For the 2106 academic year, 224 S. Monroe was leased by the FIJIs while they constructed their new chapter house. And they aren’t alone. What students live in while attending Oklahoma State has evolved drastically over the years. Fraternities, Sororities, and even “on-campus” university housing options have become high-tech, top-of-the line living environments.
The house reconstruction plan entails upgrading the current house to be a state-of-the art structure competitive with our Greek peers and newly designed housing units offered by the University. To accomplish this while meeting the needs of the of the re-colonization effort, Building Corp is implementing a phased plan.
- Minimum required allowing actives to move into the house comfortably.
- Completed by Fall 2017
- Estimated project cost - $500,000
- Completed renovation.
- Completed no later than Fall 2019
- Estimated construction cost to be finalized by December 2016