After a ten-year hiatus from the campus, the Pikes returned to Florida State as only the Pikes could, by constructing the largest and grandest fraternity house in America. At 55,000 square feet, it set the standard for size and function for a generation of fraternity houses to come. The Mansion was built primarily from funds raised from alumni members, primary those who enjoyed and lived in the Grand Mansion on Wildwood drive who wanted nothing more than to emulate that incredible experience on the newly created Fraternity Row in Heritage Grove. A fundraising campaign chaired by Brent Sembler was so successful that even the consultants hired to advise the Pike Alumni marveled at the competitive nature and generosity of the FSU Pikes.
Heritage Grove was the brainchild of FSU President Sandy D’Alemberte who put FSU’s Pike faithful to the test to help build a new Fraternity Row on the new edge of campus. Andy Miller and Charlie Barnes were instrumental in securing support from other fraternities and alumni like David Rancourt helped secure the infrastructure funding from the state of Florida to help make the project feasible. While Heritage Grove has not yet fulfilled its potential as home to FSU Greeks, for reasons mostly unrelated to the location and beauty of the property, the Pikes secured the very best location in the property. It is impossible to drive onto the property or even drive by on Ocala Road and miss this massive, yet elegant structure.
Click Here: For Charlie Barnes narrative of the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of The Grand Mansion.
Coming Soon: Click here to learn about the Legends of the Delta Lambda and the Campaign to Build the Mansion.
218 South Wildwood Drive
One of the first fraternity houses built and financed by Pi Kappa Alpha national headquarters in a building program that lasted only a few years, the Mansion at 218 South Wildwood was reminiscent of an old southern plantation home. Nestled under large Live Oaks on what was then the edge of campus, this beautiful structure gave Pi Kappa Alpha a definite advantage in rush. Located at the bend of Jefferson Street a block from Doak Campbell stadium, this house was the site numerous legendary social and philanthropic events. Combined with the nations’ first formal rush program developed by Charlie Barnes, this legendary structure, strong leadership and phenomenal Rush Chairmen in the early 1970’s would propel the Pikes to be named the very best Fraternity in America by the authors of the book, From Here to Fraternity.
The Woodward House
205 South Woodward Avenue
Located on what was then the edge of campus and with the chapter recovering from a period of time where it had no physical structure to call home, the Woodward House provided our brothers a great location for fellowship and growth. The Pikes occupied this house from 19XX to 19XX . Under the leadership of Chapter Advisor Ed Cubbon, the property was purchased by the Chapter and set the stage for an eventual new house that would change the landscape of fraternities at FSU forever.
The Jefferson Street House
Located next to the current Gamma Phi Beta Sorority house, the Jefferson Street location was occupied by the Chapter between XXXX and XXXX Please email us with additional information if you have any.
The Quonset hut
The Chapter’s first “house” was a military surplus structure called a Quonset Hut. Military men returning from WWII were very familiar with these structures as they dominated military landscapes through the war. Known neither for their comfort nor their architectural beauty, these efficient structures got their name as they were manufactured in Quonset, Rhode Island. As they were easy to assemble and reassemble, thousands of these structures were repurposed after the war. While an efficient use of tax dollars, they were not an ideal beginning for a college fraternity house.
1947 – ?