Delta Gamma Sorority

Fayetteville, Arkansas
University of Arkansas
29,000 Sq. Ft.
Casey Sarkin Design

The layout of the house accommodates another primary design goal: that of capturing outdoor spaces. The first is a terraced public garden to the west that is entered through a dignified brick pier entry – a gate to the University campus. The second is a lower, more private lawn and garden off the Dining Room and Chapter Room to the East – a spacious setting for large gatherings and sorority events. Approaching the campus from downtown Fayetteville over the Maple Street Bridge, the three-story tower serves as an iconic entrance into the campus.

Sketch of the Delta Gamma Sorority house
Exterior view of the brick sorority house with large, columned porches and balconies
Front entrance to the sorority house

The Federal and early American Palladian influences on proportion, massing and composition were carefully studied and interpreted, with specific attention given to the unique brick detailing in the rubbed brick jack arches, quoining, and window surrounds, and the ornately applied trim.

Watercolor of the house and nearby landscape
The large house was broken down in its massing to create both a welcoming gateway to the University while addressing both Maple Street and Arkansas Avenue
Sitting area with white walls, large windows and light blue furniture

Key architectural features include built-in benches with painted beadboard backing, deep-set Roman arches, and an arcade supported by classical columns in the Scamozzi variation of the Ionic order. 

Doorway looking into a blue room with arched windows
Blue dining room with built-in shelves
Dining area with wall mural
Stairway landing with large windows in background
Detail of the top of the brick Delta Gamma house
Exterior details hearken back
to the traditions of early American
architecture with rubbed brick
window surrounds and banding