The 2003 Washington & Jefferson College housing master plan indicated a need for additional on-campus housing.
A two-phase building plan included apartment-style living for upper-class students and theme housing to replace on-campus fraternity and sorority houses.
The theme housing included 10 buildings designed to accommodate a total of 260 beds. CAPACITY260COST PER SQ FT$145.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio revival-style architecture reflects the vernacular of the surrounding neighborhood, with the design vocabulary varying slightly from unit to unit to reflect a unique home for each group. Differences in the floor plans, front-porch treatment, material selections and colors, and exterior trim all were used to provide individuality for each building. Great care was taken to present compatible designs that could be maintained easily while offering variety to occupants.
Community baths and laundry facilities are dispersed throughout the buildings. Because of the nature of theme housing, additional square footage is required for support spaces such as a parlor room (which serves as a chapter room when Greek organizations are the occupants), study rooms and efficiency kitchens that occupy space on the first floor.