Triangle Fraternity finds permanent home


Danielle Peterson/Iowa State Daily

The exterior of the new home of the Triangle Fraternity on Lincoln Way.

Kendall Sharp

Iowa State’s chapter of Triangle Fraternity moved into their permanent home on 2136 Lincoln Way. 

“We used to have a house on North Hyland Avenue from 1963 to 2010, I believe,” said Chris Moe, Triangle Fraternity Alumn.

In 2010, Triangle Fraternity sold their property because they knew they didn’t have a use for it anymore. They hoped to recolonize and save their money for other housing options to come down the road. 

“That house was close to 100 years old and had a lot of physical issues that needed addressing and we didn’t want to put money into it,” Moe said.

Triangle Fraternity later had a three year lease at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) house and it expired spring 2018. There was talk of extending their lease, but Triangle Fraternity hoped to find a permanent home.

“It was an exhaustive search of available properties,” Moe said. “There really hadn’t been a lot of availability. The SAE house that they had been renting was never going to be a permanent option.”

As their lease’s expiration closely approached, there were no available, permanent housing options available for Triangle Fraternity.

Until Sigma Chi Fraternity’s national board contacted Triangle Fraternity’s Housing Board to say their house was open for purchase.

“The purchase of the house happened really quick,” Fenton said. “It happened in about 30 days this summer. We had a bunch of guys round up everybody’s stuff in their rooms. We spent a whole weekend moving it over to our new house on Lincoln. It just sat in the middle of the house for most of the summer until people started to come back.”

Fenton said that this was the best option for their organization and everything worked out perfectly.

“I went back for Homecoming weekend and we did a house dedication ceremony,” Moe said. “All the undergrads that I talked to are very happy.”

Fenton said one thing their organization does that’s pretty unique, is offering a $2,000 scholarship to new members that live in the house, and that’s for any new member that decides to live in the house.

Triangle Fraternity has 30 active members and 24 members living in their new house.

They will be having an open house Wednesday for all students at 7 p.m. Students will be able to tour their new house and talk to members about joining their spring pledge class.