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Sigma Alpha Epsilon National Headquarters

Levere Memorial Temple

Address

1856 Sheridan Rd.

Neighborhood

Evanston

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: Closed

Photography Permitted

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.

Visitor Experience

Tour this underappreciated gem, with its unique chapel as well as a basement space that feels a bit like a German beer hall.