Houston House

Houston House
1661 Avenue J
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1956 Constructed as Loulie Estill Society House [1]
Unit A (A-3) Tex-41-CH-31 [1,2]
Apr. 25, 1959 Gamma Rho chapter founded
1959 Renamed Kappa Delta House
1995 Gamma Rho chapter disbands
c. 1995 Renamed Houston House
Aug. 2014 Home to Criminal Justice Living-Learning Community


Margaret Lea Houston





Houston House

Signage out front the building.

Houston House

A 2009 view of Houston House looking toward the west, with Elliott Hall in the background.

Houston House

Looking up at Sorority Hill from Avenue J one can barely make out where the Greek letters Kappa and Delta were once fastened and/or painted on the western face of the building.


  • Kappa Delta National Headquarters
  • [1] Minutes from the Board of Regents; February 28, 1958
  • [2] SHSC Revenue Bond Buildings (c.1965)

Houston House a two-story student residence located north of 17th Street and between Avenues I and J.

Residence Life classifies this small house as being part of Sorority Hill.

The building originally housed members of the Loulie Estill Society, a literary group that began in 1939.

The literary society existed until 1959 when the members became the charter members of the Gamma Rho chapter of Kappa Delta.

When the chapter later dissolved, the house was renamed to honor Margaret Houston, making it the second small house to carry her name.

Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester the house was home to the Criminal Justice Living-Learning Community, a program for first year criminal justice majors.

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