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Beta Theta Pi Renovations


Beverly Holmes

Vice President for Advancement

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401- 4999


888-566-9265 (Toll Free)

Fax: 309-341-7770


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Beta Theta Pi Renovations

The Beta Theta Pi Chapter House at Knox was built in 1920 and opened in 1921. The house is nearing its 100th anniversary. It has well served many a generation of Betas and this project will ensure that the house serves generations of Betas for another 100 years.

Over the last several years, more than 140 Brothers from across the decades donated more than $1.6 million toward the renovation which began in June and will be completed by December 2018. The house will be open for tours during Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, October 20, during the Beta social at 4 pm. This fall, Beta Brothers are living in Seymour Hall and will move into the house by the start of winter term 2019.

Work on the house includes both exterior and interior improvements including:

Exterior Renovations:

  • Tuck pointing of the brick structure 
  • New cast concrete trim work 
  • New energy-efficient windows 
  • New exterior doors to match the house's historic look 
  • New walkways, deck, and landscaping 
  • Removal of the fire escape on the west side

Interior Renovations:

  • All new mechanicals, including heat, air conditioning, upgraded electrical, communications, and data 
  • New flooring in all rooms 
  • Front and back interior staircases to all floors 
  • Handicap accessibility to first floor and basement, including chair lift between the two floors 
  • Sleeping rooms for 30, including singles, doubles, and triples 
  • Return of the Rack-the third floor triple residence popular from the 1940s through the 1990s 
  • New furniture throughout 
  • New casework in all closets, including built-in storage 
  • Kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, stove and in house laundry facility 
  • Enlarged study room 

Chapter Room

Beta Theta Pi - Basement Render


Beta Theta Pi - First Floor Render

East End Zone and New Stairway

Beta Theta Pi - Second Floor Render

The Rack

Beta Theta Pi - Basement Render

For more information on making a gift for Beta Theta Pi, contact the Office of Advancement at 888-566-9265 or e-mail Or make your gift now.

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