Sigma Chi House - 1744 8th Avenue

 Print Listing Historical Name - n/a
Style - Foursquare
Built Year - 1905
State ID - 5WL.5898

Description - 1744 8th Avenue is a Foursquare with modest Queen Anne Free Classic elements. The home has a sandstone foundation, horizontal wood siding, and a hipped roof with asphalt shingles and boxed eaves. The porch has a centered entrance, shed roof, and classical columns with a simple balustrade railing. There is a one-over-one window north of the front door, and a small bay with three one-over-one windows to the south. The south end of the porch curves in a semi-circle, but does not wrap around to the south elevation. The second level of the façade also has a one-over-one window and a one-over-one with one-over-one sidelights. The high central dormer with eave returns has a hip-on-gable roof, a Palladian window, and wooden fish scale shingles. A two story bay dominates the south elevation with three one-over-one aluminum storm windows on each level. Additionally, there is a one-over-one window west of the bay, a small one-by-one window east of the bay, and two basement windows. The north elevation has a shed-roof bay on the first level and three additional one-over-one aluminum storm windows. Like the façade dormer, the dormer on the north elevation has a hip-on-gable roof with eave returns; it has fish scale shingles on the gable end and plain wooden shingles on the dormer sides. A one-over-one window completes the dormer. The east elevation has a gabled roof, two one-by-one vinyl windows, two entrances, and a wooden deck.

Historical Background - Over the years, many people have occupied the home at 1744 8th Avenue. City directories list rancher G.A. Bedford and his wife, Maggie, as the first residents from 1909-17. The home had several occupants following the Bedfords during the 1920s. In 1928, Victor H. and Hanna Flood moved into the home. The Floods are listed for most years from 1928-38. Mr. Flood was a retired farmer that later worked as an insurance agent. Hanna Flood is listed as the home’s occupant in 1939 and 1941; Ruth Flood, a teacher at the Arlington School, is also listed in 1939, 1942, and 1946. Beginning in 1948, it is evident that the home was used as a rental property. From the 1960s to present, college students rented the home. The home has been a fraternity house for several years and is currently home to the Sigma Chi fraternity. Brian T. Persons owned the house from January 1988 to July 1990; Jack and Donnette Nair owned the home until 1994. Under Amendola Apartments, Leonard F. Amendola owned the residence from 1994-2003, when he sold it to Jay Mizner of Mizner Investments, LLC.