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This documentary was created in the spring of 2011 to mark the 100th year that the Brothers of Delta Phi Fraternity, the Cornell University chapter, have inhabited the Ezra Cornell family's "Gothic Villa." The documentary provides archival evidence for the value of Cornell fraternal living and for keeping the present real estate in prime condition for the next century of Delta Phi Brothers.
The Villa and Delta Phi are known now as Llenroc--Cornell spelled backwards--a name used for the limestone quarried as building material taken from west of libe slope. This historically significant house, with a spectacular view of Lake Cayuga situated at 100 Cornell Avenue, is part of the National Register of Historic Places. The residence was purchased by the fraternity in 1911 from Cornell's two daughters, Mary and Emma. The mansion was completed after their father Ezra died in 1875, never having lived in the home.
A lively and entertaining documentary, the production contains vintage photos of the House and the Brothers, and commentary from the Brotherhood representing a variety of classes as far back as a pledge class member from 1938. As the home for a century of Delta Phi Brothers, Llenroc has brought its residents great pleasure and fond memories, exquisitely captured in this video.
Produced by Phil ('62, B.Arch. '64) and Maddy ('65) Handler, Fly on the Wall Productions.