Zeta Psi Fraternity House
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One of the nine palatial fraternity houses erected on the Lafayette campus before World War I, the Zeta Psi house embodies the important role played by fraternities in college life at the time of its construction and for decades thereafter. Beautifully sited on the edge of campus overlooking the city of Easton, the handsome stone house is a good example of the revival style popular in the first decades of the 20th century. It was designed by two Lafayette College graduates and Zeta Psi brothers: James Barnes Baker (1864-1918) of New York City, best known as the architect of the New York Chamber of Commerce, a listed New York City landmark, and William Marsh Michler (1868-1948), an Easton native who designed some of the city's most distinguished homes. Michler appears to have had a larger role in the designing of Zeta Psi, which has an impressive set of first-story reception rooms and ten two-bedroom study suites on the upper two stories. Distinctive features include oak paneling, a central staircase, and several fireplaces with Mercer (Moravian) tile surrounds. A number of the original furnishings also survive. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 21, 2001.
Dennis Bertland Associates. Zeta Psi Fraternity House [Lafayette College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2001.
"Historic Sites Report for the Tau Chapter House of the Zeta Psi Fraternity, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania." [n.d.] Archives, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.