226 L St. was home to Lee Mason, Jim Yates, Pat Leneghan, Sean Connelly, Chris Petra, Doug DeRose and Jim Kniesse — sophomores in the Class of 1987 living in their first house after living in the first-year residence hall.
Near the student neighborhood but close to academic buildings, the house is in a prime location, both current and former residents agree.
The ’80s were an exciting time for the University of Dayton basketball team, recalls Mason, and celebrations would take place in what is now the P parking lot that backs up to the house.
“We used to set up grills behind all of the big fraternity and sorority houses,” Mason said. “The entire parking lot would be full of people. I still have cups from that party.”
Since then, the house has undergone a few changes. Mason said that whenever he visits campus, whether to see his daughter, Kelsey — a sophomore mechanical engineering major — or enjoy alumni events, he always tries to visit his past residences, including 226 L St.
“It actually used to be pretty rundown,” he said. “The carpet was bad, and it had an old kitchen — but we had a good experience there.”
One of the home’s quirks is its walk-in area separate from the living room. In spite of what Mason called its “awkward size and location,” the space provided Mason and his roommates plenty of opportunities.
“When we had dance parties in that little room in the front, there was a natural frequency,” he said. “The floor would actually pulse.”
From accidentally bringing in a couch full of fleas to riddling a wall with badly-aimed darts, Mason and his L Street roommates also balanced social hours, intramural sports and studying — making the most of their time at UD.
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In August 2007, Brian Hoffer, Ashton Berner, Nick Adams, Scott Rotterman and Alex Urban moved into 7 Evanston, a landlord house that had plenty of what former residents call “personality.”
“There was a mice problem at one point and the flies were awful in the summer,” said Hoffer ’09, a marketing major with a minor in finance who now works as the senior logistics account executive for Total Quality Logistics. “We had a good relationship with the maintenance staff, and there was a lot of sticky paper.”
While 7 Evanston might have had its problems with nature, Hoffer recalls how wonderful its porch was.
“The porch might have sagged a little, but it was great to just sit out there on a nice day and people watch,” Hoffer said.
The house still boasts a rather impressive porch, a fact the residents this past summer enjoyed. Ryan Richardson ’14, an industrial engineering technology major, shared how the porch made their summer.
“We spent a lot of time out there,” Richardson said. “And we talked to a lot of people as they walked by. We also caught a lot of really good sand volleyball match- es across the street. Sometimes we even joined in.”
The home’s character is what binds residents, past and present.
“We hit our heads quite a bit on the low-hanging ceiling when walking down the stairs,” joked Hoffer. Suffering from the same problem, this summer’s residents duct-taped a pool noodle on the edge of the ceiling for cushioning, an idea that offer calls “quite genius.”
Whether residents of 7 Evanston were battling flies, scooping mud from the carpet after a rain- drenched Halloween party or sitting on the porch in the hot summer sun, the home remains fondly in students’ memories.
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