STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — A new agreement will save two UConn “Faculty Row” houses from being demolished, officials say.
Originally, all nine of the houses built around 1920 were to be demolished in the spring of 2017. Now two of those houses will be kept and a plan for their use will be developed within five years.ORIGINAL STORY:UConn tearing down abandoned “Greek Row” houses
“By preserving these houses, we are keeping an important part of history, not only the university’s but Connecticut’s as well,” Kristina Newman-Scott, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Director of Culture, said in a news release.
The houses were first faculty residences. Many later housed fraternities and sororities until they were relocated to Husky Village in 2003. Others were used as office space.
Demolition on four of the houses is expected to start by the end of the year. Once they’re gone, the university plans to create park-like green space around the property, including grassy areas, plantings, trees, benches, and tables.
“We’re pleased that this agreement will allow UConn to continue to meet the goals of its Master Plan for the future while also respecting elements of our past,” Laura Cruickshank, UConn’s chief architect and master planner, said in the news release.