Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Lamba Chi Alpha Fraternity House

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Institution Name: Wabash College
Original/Historic Place Name: Home of Henry Crawford
Location on Campus: Jennison St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1860original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1860private residence (of Henry Crawford and family)
ca. 2004-present (2006)Greek letter society (Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house)

Originally built as a private residence by Henry Crawford, this elegant two-story brick home was on private land adjacent to the southwest corner of the college property. The house was owned by the fraternity until the college assumed ownership of all fraternity properties in the late twentieth century. A dormitory wing has been added and remodeled over the years, and changes have been made to the interior and to the exterior entrance, but overall the building retains the features and appearance that reflected the status of the original owner.

Crawford was a very early settler in Crawfordsville and an important downtown merchant, as well as a staunch supporter of the college. His second wife, Lydia Marshall, was a relative by marriage of Caleb Mills. By maintaining his home and making it an integral part of the campus, Wabash continues the close historical ties shared by town and college.


Montgomery County Interim Report. Indianapolis, IN: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 1986.

Larson, Jens Frederick, and Archie MacInnes Palmer. Architectural Planning of the American College. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1933.

Osborne, James I., and Theodore G. Gronert. Wabash College: The First Hundred Years, 1832-1932. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1932.


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