The courtyard design highlights and embraces a southern style with traditional brick and warm bluestone paving along with a lush mix of tender perennial and hardy evergreen planting. A linear solid brick band carries your eye through the length of the courtyard, connecting house to lake. In the center of the band and the courtyard, an existing brick and iron fountain was kept to highlight a cross axis and create a focal point. Brick bands encircling the fountain, add detail and subtly introduce the sorority’s symbolism. Three brick triangles are inlaid in the pavement representing the sorority’s name in the Greek alphabet and pansies, the sorority flower, are seasonally planted in a brick lined planting area opposite the paving. Seating areas are located throughout the courtyard along the main axis, with brick seat walls and iron patio style furniture.
The strategic pavement layout around the fountain gracefully moves you through the space rather than along a direct path, causing you to experience all elements of the courtyard instead of just passing through unaware. The carefully crafted layout not only creates comfortable and intimate spaces for small groups while also providing ample paved areas for the 300 member chapter to host large events. Since completion, the courtyard has been a favorite destination spot for the residents to study, dine, and entertain. The new courtyard even helped elevate Tri-Delta LSU to one of Town & Country Magazine’s fifteen top sorority houses in the country.