Mar 2, 2022

Historical Phi Delta Theta Gatherings – Ground Breakings

Historical Phi Delta Theta Gatherings – Ground Breakings

The New General Headquarters

Through the years, there have likely been hundreds of groundbreakings attended by Phis and special guests, commemorating new chapter houses or lodges, renovated spaces, war memorials recognizing Phis who have fought and died in various wars, special gates along the sidewalks of several campuses in Ohio, and this very important groundbreaking at the General Headquarters site in the late 1940s.

At the 1948 Centennial General Convention of the Fraternity, there were dignitaries and alumni at the setting of the cornerstone of the new and permanent location of the General Headquarters and Memorial Library at 2 South Campus Avenue.

Retired Admiral Wat Tyler Cluverius, Fraternity General Council president in 1948, placed the cornerstone of the General Headquarters building.

GHQ Today

On June 19, 1998, during the Sesquicentennial Convention, another ceremonial groundbreaking occurred with the recent expansion of the headquarters building. The headquarters building resembles the Governor’s Palace located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The goal of the building expansion was to house the Foundation and Fraternity staff together, enabling them to better serve alumni and undergraduate members. This has been achieved, and the remodeling of the existing building has allowed for more efficient use of space. The Paul E. Martin General Headquarters Building is a great source of pride for members of Phi Delta Theta, and it is a cornerstone property between the Miami University campus and the Uptown District in Oxford, Ohio.

Watch our Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters tour, or schedule a day to visit us in Oxford!

Indiana Epsilon Groundbreaking

One of the earliest groundbreakings reported in the 1931 October edition of The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta, the new chapter house at the Indiana Epsilon Chapter at Hanover College in Madison, Indiana.

One of the most recent groundbreaking ceremonies was at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Phi Delta Theta alumni and friends raised more than $50,000 to support the gigantic flagpole that flies the US flag daily and will raise the Phi Delta Theta flag every March 15 to commemorate Founders Day of Brother Benjamin Harrison’s Fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.

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