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The stairs creak, the floor shakes and the mantle is white, but the five men living in the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house love it anyway. Besides, it has a big front porch!

My Old House: 225 Kiefaber St.

1:41 PM  Feb 13th, 2013
by Mickey Shuey '14

The stairs creak, the floor shakes and the mantle is white, but the five men living in the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house love it anyway. Besides, it has a big front porch!

And read more about this old house from housemates who lived here in 2006.

The "Cleaning Cart," as it is affectionately known in the residence, helps the men with day-to-day maintainence."We never use our stove," says one of the seniors. "Bad things happen whenever we try to."A custom, handmade mantle hangs above one of the chairs in the living room. "When we left last (school) year, it was stained mahogany," notes another housemate. "Now it's white."Coupled with a steep ceiling, the stairs are one of the house's quirks. One says, "the steps are really steep and not well-lit."According to the male who lives in this room, a sign that read "MAN CAVE" used to be on this door, but it disappeared during a party.The view from the second floor isn't all that impressive, one says. He notes, though, "at least we have a window up here."Features like the double-beveled door frames bring the aestetics of the house to a pique.According to one of the housemates, the floor is slightly slanted - and shakes with every step. "When you walk past the television, you can feel it.""Our front porch is really nice," says one of the housemates. "It's one of our favorite features on the house."The laundry room is sort of messy, but they do know how to wash clothes, they say.In the spring and fall, the men have cornhole events in the backyard.

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