The stonework and design of this fraternity lodge pay respect to the fraternity’s roots in Italy while also being at home in its modern Texas context. Katheryn worked with the fraternity to develop spaces that express the fraternity’s identity and the University of Texas, while accommodating diverse functions and activities.
A high level of stone and wood craftsmanship define the elegant but durable interiors and tell interesting stories of their own. The timbers used in the shiplap ceiling and the doors that mark the kitchen entry originated from a 200-year-old Pennsylvania Amish barn. The wood was transported to Fredericksburg, Texas, where it was milled and hand rubbed with lemon oil prior to installation. The doors, windows, tables, chairs, mantel and lintels are made of Mexican mesquite; each dining table weighs more than 800 pounds. Some design elements, including the exterior wall lanterns, were salvaged from the original 1920s-era Tau chapter house.