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My Old House: 413 Kiefaber St.

1:09 PM  Feb 19th, 2015
by CC Hutten '15

It’s a strange feeling to visit a house you once lived in, only to find a fraternity now occupying it. Such a feeling arose in 2004 graduates Katie Guibord, Kristin Oberlander and Rachel Sites Haedt during Reunion Weekend 2014, when what was their 413 Kiefaber St. has since become the Alpha Nu house.

But that’s not to say 413 Kiefaber doesn’t have its peculiarities in 2004.

“It had orange shag carpet with ground-in bubble gum,” they recalled. “It is the same color it was for us, with wood paneling and peeling paint.”

Though often considered a coveted location in the student neighborhood, 11 years ago 413 Kiefaber provided special struggles for its residents.

“The lottery was always a source of anguish, but our group had three people so we got a good spot,” they said. “Our neighbors were nuts. There is a ton of space on the left side of the house, but people always insisted on walking through the small alley on the right, and we could hear everything.”

The ladies of 413 Kiefaber stuck together during their entire University of Dayton experience, so they got through crazy neighbors, each others’ quirks and rumors of a “flasher running around the student neighborhood” their senior year by teasing Kristin for binge-watching “Law & Order” and mothering “ridiculously-named” gerbils.

“It was part of its charm,” they said.

One Response to My Old House: 413 Kiefaber St.

  1. John O'Brien '69 says:

    Six of us guys lived at 317 Kiefaber in ’69, and five of those met last year for a UD hoops game — some hadn’t seen one another in 44 years. We went to 317 Kiefaber and poured some beer on the ground there: THEY TORE DOWN OUR HOUSE (PAVED PARADISE?) AND PUT UP A PARKING LOT! Maybe they somehow got the idea that not everything that happened in that house was lawful.

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