“A place that goes on whether your there or not, that you come back to and find waiting
with welcome. “
In many different personal ways, each of us have great memories of the library, living room, and the dining room, and it is nice to report that we continue to press forward with the historic preservation work in these three areas in the Castle. After The current restoration work is going very well on the first floor. Structurally speaking, one of the great challenges in the preservation and restorative process of the Castle was the installation of a steel beam, which, after it was installed, restored the structural integrity of the Castle between the first floor and the basement. It had to be done very well, and the process was superb. The long, slow process of restoration continued with the installation of new wood flooring in the library, living, and dining room.
The men doing the work exhibit nothing but professionalism in their attention to detail, craftsmanship, and dedication in getting everything just right. All the work that the men have done, to this point, has been nothing short of a labor of love, and we appreciate all of them. In has been a painstaking process to get everything right from reconstruction work with the new beam and painting the living room, library, and dining room the original colour. Inside and out, the historic preservation work that is going on at the Castle is reconstructing the architectural heart and soul of our historic home, the keystone fraternal home at the University of Maine. It deserves all of this conservation work and preservation care, and it is what we are fraternally obligated to do. The home was a gift to us in 1925, and in doing this much-needed work we are honoring the brothers who bought the land, paid for the house, and oversaw its construction, on a daily basis, from 1924-1925. Everything came fraternally together in 1924-1925; consequently, it is imperative that we do justice to those brothers who gifted us with the most beautiful fraternal home at Maine by restoring the gift of the Castle for all future generations of Omega Mu Fijis by this thoughtful preservation care and work that is now taking place. The Castle is a historic landmark. Perge.
“What if the space be long and wide,
That parts us from our brother’s side
A soul-joined chain unites our band,
And memory links us hand in hand.”
(Phi Gamma Delta fraternity song)
Chip Chapman, ’82