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Phase I Goal: $3,000,0000

Funds Raised - $264k0%
8 %

It is with great excitement about the future and a steadfast determination to preserve our storied past that we embark on our first-ever campaign to restore and preserve our cherished Saint Anthony Hall Chapter House at Columbia University.

Since its inception in 1847, Saint Anthony Hall has played a vital role in fostering the development of lasting relationships that enrich the lives of its members and in furthering the intellectual growth and curiosity of each Columbia student who has called the Hall home.

After over a century of continued use, our beloved Chapter House at 434 Riverside Drive is in dire need of extensive renovations to maintain its structural integrity. Treasured features of the home are in jeopardy of being lost, demanding urgent action on the part of the greater Alpha Chapter community.

The Board of Trustees of Saint Anthony Hall has developed an ambitious plan for a capital campaign that will fund the vital restoration of the Chapter House. Just as we benefitted from the generosity and forethought of the members who came before us, it is our duty and our privilege to ensure that the Hall continues to thrive for generations to come. With construction already underway, we hope that you will join our efforts to see this plan through to continue the great community and tradition of Saint Anthony Hall.

Phase I:  $3m

1. Stabilize the CR wall
2. Reconstruct the rear CR wall and terrace above
3. Reinforce 2nd floor terraces
4. Upgrade bathrooms and plumbing

Phase II:  $4m

1. Address high priority mechanical, electrical, and plumbing deficiencies
2. Renovate façade and building adornments
3. Restore finishes in the CR
4. Repair roof and improve drainage

Phase III:  $4m

1. Replace furniture, kitchen equipment, rugs, and address other cosmetic issues
2. Upgrade boiler room
3. Improve the hot water temperature
4. Improve kitchen ventilation


Campaign Milestones

Campaign activities resume on a virtual basis.

The Hall celebrates its 174th year with “Toast to Alpha”, a virtual event open to all members.

The Hall raises $81k, funds which are applied to the repair of the boiler at 434 Riverside Drive. Heat and hot water are restored to the building.


The Hall launches its first ever annual appeal in the effort to raise funds for emergency repairs and renovations.

After an extensive search, the Hall hires a part-time Director of Campaigns and Alumni Affairs.

Columbia University transitions to remote learning for undergraduate students. The Hall remains open to current members.

Coronavirus pandemic begins. All cultivation activities are placed on a temporarily hold.


The Alpha Chapter hosts Swing Out. Fundraising campaign planning begins. $156,550 (6.3% of the goal) is raised in the first phase of the campaign.

Coronavirus pandemic begins. All cultivation activities are placed on a temporarily hold.


Tenantwise collaborates with different engineering groups, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and B-Cubed Engineering LLC. The goal was to devise a plan to repair the basement wall and resolve the leak issues. 

Indus Architects prepared detailed CAD drawings of the reconstruction work needed for the basement wall, the terrace and related work as well as the restrooms throughout the Hall. It then bid out the work to three contractors and reconciled the bids which resulted in the initial estimated cost of the work to renovate the wall and related areas and the restrooms.


St. A’s began partnering with CCS, a strategic fundraising consulting firm, to conduct a Campaign Planning Study to determine how best to move forward with a campaign to cover all essential costs to preserve the historic building. 

CCS conducts a Campaign Feasibility Study to test a proposed $5 million renovation project. The proposed renovations addressed the serious life safety issues highlighted in the 46 page needs assessment, completed by Jan Hird Pokorny Associates in 2015. With 26 study participants, the study highlights the importance of the campaign and the work needed to cultivate members and prospective donors for the capital project to be a success.

After the completion of the feasibility study, CCS recommended a working goal of $2.5 million. The Hall forms both an Executive Committee and Campaign Steering Committee.

Saint A’s retains Tenantwise as project manager and real estate advisor to manage the renovations to the Hall. The initial phase of the assignment was to develop a scope of work for immediate renovations needed to the Chapter Room basement wall, restrooms, sprinklers, and ADA compliance.


Saint Anthony Hall

Alpha Chapter
434 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10025

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