Beta Pi's property includes four contiguous
lots on the campus of Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta. The land is owned by the chapter's
Board of Trustees. The Social Quarters sits on the Northwest corner of 5th Street and
Techwood Drive, facing South on 5th. The dormitory sits to the North of the Social
Quarters to which it is connected by a corridor on the East end of the property, running
North-South along Techwood. The buildings and corridor thus form a U-shape open to the
West. The Western end of the property contains a regulation volleyball court and a
basketball quartercourt. The entire property slopes gently from East to West. As
well as being a place to live, work, and party, the House is also the center of much
activity concerned with its maintenance and improvement, a
feature of TKE life at Tech since 1948.
The Social Quarters (shown here)
contains a conference/study room,a billiards/darts room, a TV room, our kitchen, an
apartment for the resident advisor, men's and women's bathrooms, laundry facilities,
and a two-story great hall, which is used for dining, meeting, studying, and parties.
This building was completed in 1994.
The Dormitory stands behind the Social
Quarters and is connected to it by corridors on two stories. We have 69 bedspaces in
one- and two-man rooms and 18 bathrooms located throughout the building. Each room
has ethernet connections to the house LAN, which is connected to the Internet through
Tech's Eastnet project. This building was built in 1972, substantially modified in
1988, and renovated in 1995-1996 to house the Irish Olympic Team during the Centennial
Summer Games in Atlanta. Yes, almost the entire Irish Olympic Team lived at the Teke
House or, at least, spent some time there, during the games. (However, most of the
partying went on in Decatur and Buckhead.)
A new pad has recently been laid in the
courtyard between the Dormitory and Social Quarters to accomodate members'
motorcycles. Thus the tradition of "thunder alley" lives on at the Teke
Photos From Around the House
Some brothers hanging out on the front steps a few hours before a
Rush event. The letters in the walkway are of steel, made in Birmingham, Alabama,
and brought to the TKE house in the early 1970s. They were installed in the sidewalk
along Techwood until the stairs there were removed in 1993. Then the letters were
moved to their current location.
Front of the House after
Work Week The tree on the far right is one of the few adult elms remaining on Tech
campus. the others, two maples and a gingko, were planted by Fred Krause around
1981. All of these trees will be lost when Tech widens the sidewalk along Fifth
Inside the upper level of the Social Quarters. That's one of
the trophy cases on the left--yes, it's full and we need to build several more. One
day, this level might be fixed up more like a den at home but, for now, it's still
sparsely furnished and sees a lot of use during parties.
Playing in the Billiards Room in the upper level. The table was
bought by the Chapter in summer 1994 to furnish the (then) new Social Quarters. Dart
board and drink shelves were added during later work parties. Couches are the finest
available from of the Salvation Army Store on Marietta Street (of course.)
The Great Hall from the lower level. Behind the guys standing
upstairs is the Billiards Room. Below them is the TV room. The windows on the
left look out on the Courtyard.
Slightly different view of the Great Hall from the lower level.
That's the den upstairs on the upper right. Party lights attached to the rafters
were added in the late 1990s.
Great Hall from in front of the TV room on the lower level. The
doors lead out to the volleyball court. The TKE crest was painted by one of our
members, Wes Walker, in the mid-1990s. The letters underneath were added a few years
later. The door on the left leads to the kitchen.
The TV room. The big screen is on the right and
the stereo equipment is secured in the cabinet on which you can see a little TV.
Usually a set of house speakers is connected to the stereo and then set out by the
volleyball court to provide music when people are hanging around outside. This room
was recently redone during a Work Week. Couches and chairs are covered in genuine
The Courtyard with the Bell, which is rung when a new guys
pledges and on other "notable" occasions... The bell was donated in
the late 1990s by one of our old sweethearts.
View of the volleyball court from the second floor
balcony in the Dormitory. You can see the balcony of the Social Quarters on the
left. The bell is barely visible as it blends into the column near the lower edge of
the photograph. By the volleyball court are several sets of benches and table built
during Work Weeks in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
View of the Social Quarters from across the basketball court.
That tree was planted in 1994 when the Social Quarters was built. You can see the
bell and Thunder Alley on the left. The goal on the right is the latest in a long
line of attempts to find one that can stand up to use at the TKE House.
View from the back of the property looking over the basketball and
volleyball courts. The court sees a lot of use and has to be repainted every few
years. The grill is used often for Friday cookouts during the warm months.
That's the Coca-Cola building on North Avenue (all the way across campus) in the
View of the deck from downhill on Fifth Street. This
part of the deck was added in the late 1990s during Work Week. Unfortunately, Tech
intends to widen the sidewalks along this part of Fifth Street and we'll eventually lose
this part of the deck and its planter as well as all the trees along the front of the
volleyball game in our court. In the background is the Dormitory in which almost
all the brothers live. The volleyball court is ringed with a deck and other sitting
areas, some of which you can see by the Social Quarters.
Here is part of a two-man room showing computer, couch, and ladder
leading to loft space. Brothers spend many hours and (sometimes) lots of money
working on their rooms. Once a brother is in a room, he has priority for it as long
as he pays his bill. The more consecutive terms he spends in the House, the more
priority he gets to move into free rooms, which come open when both roommates graduate or
move at the same time. Eventually, he may have enough priority to move into one of
the nine one-man rooms in the House.
Burns's well built-out room in one of the "senior" corners of the Dormitory
showing the obligatory computer and refrigerator as well as his guitar. His bed is
in the loft above and he has built a kitchen and entertainment center on the
right. Brian's extraordinary room is capable of housing *triple* shackers, one on
each of two couches and the last in bed with Brian.
Dana in the middle of unpacking from his summer abroad at
Oxford. In the two-man room he shares with Gary Obenski, all the photos on his walls
and furniture were found on the Internet, printed at Kinko's, pasted, and varnished.