Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

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Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

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I am happy to report that the staff of Phi Kappa Phi has moved into the Society's new headquarters at 7576 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70806.

After being the guests of Louisiana State University (LSU) and having the privilege of occupying the third floor of the French House on the LSU campus for twenty-eight years, we have moved ahead with purchasing our own building. As a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the demands for office space on the LSU campus had become extreme, and the university was no longer able to accommodate us. Fortunately, another location in the city of Baton Rouge became available so that we would be able to move to a new and larger location which would allow us to maintain our present staff and services without a break in continuity. Further, the larger space in our new headquarters will provide us with the additional room to expand as the need arises.

The six-thousand square foot, one-and-a-half story building sits on a half-acre lot in a well-established neighborhood of mixed residential and professional buildings in Baton Rouge, Previously occupied by attorneys, the building was designed by A. Hays Town in the 1980s. Town (1903-2005) has been referred to as the "Premier Architect of the South"; according to architectural historians, almost every custom home built in Louisiana during the past twenty years has been inspired by Town.

Born and raised in southwest Louisiana, Town graduated from Tulane University in 1926 and worked as a designer and builder throughout the American south. His style of architecture was inspired by the diverse cultures of Louisiana. He synthesized the classic Acadian cottage (raised front porch, exterior stairs, courtyards, and French doors) with Creole-influenced elements such as full-length shutters. Other structural features favored by Town include pigeonniers, tree alleys, thirteen-foot ceilings, brick floors with a special beeswax finish, and the use of such woods as cypress and heart of pine. …

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