On October 13–14, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) hosted the 8th Annual Open House Chicago (OHC), a free event that allows the public to view more than 250 of the greatest spaces and places in the city and near suburbs. This year was Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation’s fourth year participating in Open House Chicago, offering a behind-the-scenes look of the Levere Memorial Temple. Over 1,500 people visited the building over the two-day event.
The CAC inspires people to discover why design matters and gives access to those who want to explore the many buildings that tell the stories of Chicago communities and cultures. A weekend of showcasing and highlighting SAE headquarters to community members and visitors provided an opportunity for them to learn there is much more to Fraternity than what they might only know from movies or newspapers. Visitors learned about our history and how it is interwoven with the history of Chicago and the United States. They listened to stories of Billy Levere and his vision for the building, viewed the gnomes painted on the ceiling of Nippert Hall, and marveled at the Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows that line the Memorial Chapel, which is dedicated to the men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon who have lost their lives in service to their country.
If you have never been to the Levere Memorial Temple, Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s National Headquarters, you may want to add it to your bucket list. Just steps from Lake Michigan and across from the arches of Northwestern University stands 88 years of history and tradition. The building is a Memorial and ‘schoolhouse’ for members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a pilgrimage for some, a place to learn the history and the rituals of their Fraternity.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon invites you to stop by and ring our doorbell at 1856 Sheridan Road. We would love to show you around the Temple.
Photos provided by Eric Rogers.