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Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Headquarters (Levere Memorial Temple)

Address

1856 Sheridan Rd.

Neighborhood

Evanston

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Arthur Howell Knox, 1930

Website

sae.net

Description

This understated Gothic-Revival building sits across from Northwestern's iconic gate. It was the vision of Billy Levere, a Temperance preacher with a key role in the history of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The chapel was originally named for Levere. It was the first national headquarters building of any fraternity (a use it still serves today). It was also a memorial for the fallen of World War I. A local architect and fraternity member designed the building, including its colorful chapel with a large but uncharacteristic collection of Tiffany windows that narrate the history of America and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Behind the Scenes

Get a glimpse of the interior of this underappreciated gem. Tour its unique chapel featuring a significant installation of Tiffany windows as well as a stunning basement meeting space.