Gamma Delta Chapter at the University of Georgia received its charter in 1937 and was installed on March 7 of that year. One year later, a classic Greek revival style home—built in Athens between 1856 and 1857—was purchased for the chapter. This purchase and subsequent renovations rescued the mansion from ruin and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Building Survey.
Heralded as one of the finest examples of Greek Revival retexture in the United State, the Albin P. Dearing House was documented in the Historic American buildings survey (GA-1133), is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (May 8, 1979) and is a locally designated Historic Landmark (January 8, 1991).
When Milledge Avenue became available for residential construction in 1857, A.P. Dearing purchased property from the University of Georgia trustees and built his impressive Greek Revival house the following year. During the War Between the States, the younger Dearing, as an officer at The Bank of Athens, was appointed during a town hall meeting on February 6, 1864 to receive stock subscriptions in an effort to form a local company that would secure provision at cost plus expenses to combat inflation and food shortages in Athens.
The house remained in the Dearing family until property taxes and maintenance costs forced Dearing’s granddaughter Katherine Dearing Godwin to sell. The University of Georgia chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta has owned the house since purchasing the property in 1938 from Mrs. Godwin.
The Heroic Greek Doric colonnade of the Albin P. Dearing House wraps three sides of the two-story facade constructed of locally made brick. It presents one of the most imposing images of its architectural style in Athens, a city punctuated with Greek Revival buildings.
The colossal stuccoed brick columns are fluted and truncated. Unlike traditional equidistant Greek Revival columnar placement, the Dearing House columns are coupled.
Jack arches frame recessed full-lengthy parlor floor windows which open to the porch. The signature Greek Revival single door entry with rectangular multi-pane sidelights and transom is framed by pilasters supporting low relief Greek fretwork panels supporting simple molded capitals, a plain entablature and box cornice.
The house is a four-over-four, central hall plan with a dominant parlor floor and second floor seeping rooms. Its exterior walls are 16" thick, providing superior insulation.
Constructed in 1857, the Dearing House is a testament to the grandeur of high style Greek Revival Architecture.
Our Fraternity Purpose:
The intellectual ambition of the Fraternity shall be the attainment of highest scholarship. The social aim of the Fraternity shall be to exercise the widest influence for good. The moral aim of the Fraternity shall be the standard of love.
Our Mission Statement:
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Kappa Alpha Theta exists to nurture each member throughout her college and alumna experience and to offer a lifelong opportunity for social, intellectual, and moral growth as she meets the higher and broader demands of mature life.
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