Great Fire of 1909
On December 24, 1909, the DU house nearly burned to the ground. Fortunately, few brothers were in the house, and no one was harmed in the blaze. The Cornell Alumni News (Jan. 30, 1910) described a devastating fire; even The New York Times deemed it news that was “fit to print.”
Cornell Alumni News, Jan. 30, 1910
Second page of Cornell Alumni News article, Jan. 30, 1910
Besides the 1909 fire that virtually destroyed the original house, two more fires were to strike the DU house: a minor fire in the basement in 1916, and a more devastating fire in 1919. Many DUs are familiar with the 1909 fire; these other fires were unknown to all.
Go to the next chapter – “DU Rebuilds 1910”