The Delta Kappa Phi house at 9 Mt Hope Street was built ca. 1912-1913 and is known as the “E. H. Barker House” in Lowell Massachusetts: Historical Building Surveys. It has been accepted for inclusion in the Lowell Cultural Resources Inventory in 1980 in a paper by Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott, “Mt. Hope Street, 9 – E. H. Barker House” (1980).
This early twentieth century vernacular residence owes its jutting roof and horizontal lines to the prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. Otherwise a simple shingled house, it is approached by two magnificent sets of pink granite steps with early twentieth century ironwork railings.
Lowell Cultural Resources Inventory. Paper 731. Lowell: National Park Service.
Update: We’ve also found out that the original owner was a Professor @ Lowell Textile Institute!! It’s even possible he was a brother, as he was the top textile professor and DK was then a textile fraternity!
From the 1932 Pickout…
Edgar H. Barker Professor in charge of the Department of Woolen and Worsted Yarns Massachusetts Institute of Technology LS96. Experience: E. Frank Lewis, Wool Scourer, Lawrence, and with Pacific Mills, Lawrence. Residence: 9 Mt. Hope St., Lowell, Mass. The 1916 Pickout said of him...
Eddie Barker, instructor in wool, Is good at "throwing the bull". His mind is elastic, His tongue is sarcastic, And you cannot get by without pull.