It had the look of a haunted house – dark and forbidding. The room beyond the ragged curtains in the window seemed to imply it was empty and abandoned.
A woman walking by, however, stopped to talk to me as I took photos and informed me it was a fraternity associated with the University. Odd, I thought. Unlike its manicured neighbour next door, there was no visible signage.
I later discovered it is the Theta Xi Chapter of the Zeta PSI Fraternity … the first fraternity in Canada dating back to 1879. The Fraternity purchased this residence in 1885.
Students from both Ryerson and UofT (Toronto) call this frat house home.
In spite of all the winter-dead vines clinging to its sides, this is a gorgeous building with a impressive doorway to match. Not only is the main door a beauty, but when I ventured into the entrance way, I discovered there were also outer doors that had been propped open.
I was too preoccupied with the Fraternity crest emblazoned on the window, and the overall *cool* factor of being in the entrance way, to actually notice and read the sign.
This was an unexpected treasure found while on a random wandering around downtown where bits and pieces of history butt up against the new and modern.
Today’s post was inspired by Thursday Doors, a weekly photo feature hosted by the Grand Door Master – Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.
Disclaimer – the title of the post was chosen for entertainment value only and not intended to be a reflection on the behaviour of this fraternity or any its individual members.