The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for May, 1943
later installation of a ventilating system
which could also be utilized in connection with a summer cooling system.
The inviting entrance doorway admits
to an ample center hall, at the end of
which is a great window and a double
circular staircase. Ascending the staircases to the second floor will be found,
extending across the entire front of the
building, the rooms of the David Demaree Banta Memorial Library. At the
ends of the library are the Founders
Room and the Harrison Room to be
dedicated to Benjamin Harrison, Miami
'52. There will be appropriate decorative features in these rooms and one of
them will be utilized as a meeting place
for the General Council. The second
floor also has an office for the librarian,
a work room and vault for SCROLL.
The first floor is given over to the
executive offices of the Fraternity with
adequate offices, work space, shipping
room and fireproof vault. The floor of
the main hall will be rubber tile in tesselated pattern, while the offices will be
covered with linoleum. The woodwork
of the first and second floors will be
painted, in Colonial tradition.
From the main hall, a circular stairway leads to the basement where is located the auditorium, or assembly room.
This room, which will be one of the
features of the building, will be panelled
from floor to ceiling in knotty pine with
a ceiling of acoustic material. A built-in
leather covered bench surrounds the
room, while folding chairs can be stored
nearby for use when the full capacity of
the room will be desired. It will be suitable for officers schools, conferences of
chapter advisers, etc., where it is desirable to accommodate 175 people.
The third floor is devoted to guest
rooms with the necessary toilet and bath
facilities so that the General Council
and other officers can be accommodated.
The committee has tried to keep in
mind the future needs of the Fraternity
in designing the building. Expansion is
possible for some purposes within the
building itself and ample ground area
will remain on the site for an addition
to the building if that becomes necessary.
Guest rooms for General Council members and other officers attending meetings in Oxford.