12. Pi Kappa Alpha, Florida State
Your Take: “Biggest house in the nation. Best parties. Hottest girls.” -- Frat Damon (good one)
Our Take: Maybe five fraternities emailed us to say that they had the largest house in the country. For now at least, THIS is actually the biggest. Florida State’s Pike house looks a little cookie cutter in design, but makes up for a lack of originality by being absolutely massive and utterly legendary throughout the Southeast for its parties. The Tallahassee climate means that its courtyard is constantly filled with that most glorious of all fraternity traditions: Day drinking.
11. Zeta Psi Tau, Lafayette
Your Take: "This house has unparalleled history and architecture." -- Ryan, Lafayette
"The oldest house on campus, built in 1919, a national landmark in the state of Pennsylvania, the location of the Zeta Psi national meetings. Just generally fratty." -- Michael, Lafayette
"It's dope as shit." -- Connor, Lafayette
Our Take: When your house not only has its own Wikipedia page, it also boasts a more-than-creepy YouTube video of a woman touring it while New Age music plays in the background—let's just say it deserves a high spot on this list. Look at all the historic Arts and Crafts features that you can spill beer on!
(Also, we love the way that the comments above just devolved into Connor’s “It’s dope as shit.” Straight and to the point, Connor.)
10. Delta Phi, Cornell
Your Take: “Llenroc is home to the Pi Chapter of the Delta Phi at Cornell University. It was constructed in 1875 to be the "villa" of Ezra Cornell, Cornell's founder, and it has been in Delta Phi's possession since 1911. The house is filled with hand made wood and stone carvings. There is a massive backyard, and the house overlooks the city of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.” -- Peter, Cornell
“Gigantic backyard, best physical house at Cornell University.” -- Daniel, Cornell
Our Take: First of all, daps on having a house that can pull off having its own name. Calling an apartment in NYC “Lenroc” just doesn’t have the same ring. Second of all, this house is nice as hell, with a massive backyard perfect for so many activities, and an exterior that wouldn’t look out of place in the English countryside. We want to put on hunting gear and shotgun a beer there RIGHT NOW.
9. Alpha Tau Omega, Indiana
Your Take: “A tutor house on a hill. Best frat on campus without a doubt. It's a huge house built in 1915. We have a painting in our living room est. worth over 3 million. All the furniture in the formal was donated by the Army and made from custom brazilian imported wood. John Mellencamp filmed a MTV commercial in our formal. We have had as many as 125 guys living in at one time. Great guys, great house.” -- Peter, Indiana
Our Take: None of what Peter sounded real, huh? Which is a compliment, because while we were unable to verify the John Mellencamp and painting facts, we did verify that the house has had over 100 inhabitants before. Widely known for its ridiculous parties, massive size, and general fratiness, Indiana’s ATO abode is a scene everywhere at the school should visit once.
8. Sigma Pi, Penn State
Your Take: “As we have just come upon our 100th year anniversary, we celebrate a house that is not only beautiful and well kept, but is built for good times. With recent renovations and a good alumni base we’ve maintained a reputation as one of the most beautiful fraternity houses in the northeast. It features 34 bedrooms... a fenced in solarium area accessible from the second floor which is great for drinking during good weather, a private brothers bar, grand room, and a chapter room featuring laser cut astrological signs into the floor tiles. Also we boast Penn State’s largest front porch which is great for tailgates and hanging out.” -- Brian, Penn State
Our Take: Our one resident Penn Stater, Brandon, can vouch for the Sigma Pi house: It’s a beaut, known not only for its status as one of the nicest-looking buildings on campus, but its rep as a place HIGHLY conducive for day drinking. (And indoor drinking, for the colder days during State College’s 8-month winter.)
Also, the astrological signs are an... interesting touch.
7. Psi Upsilon, University of Pennsylvania
Your Take: None
Our Take: Long called the most impressive house on Penn’s campus, the Castle was built in 1899 and, after a short break in the 90s, has remained the Psi Upsilon house ever since. Unanimous sentiment of everyone in the office upon seeing its picture: “Sweet.”