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Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Headquarters

Levere Memorial Temple

Address

1856 Sheridan Rd.

Neighborhood

Evanston

Hours

Sat, Oct 13: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 14: 1:30pm - 5pm

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. 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 basement space that feels a bit like a German beer hall.