March 12, 2018
SPIRIT Hosts Open House for Spring Carnival
- Director of Marketing, Student Affairs
Join current members of SPIRIT for an open house showcasing the newly renovated Spirit House. All SPIRIT alumni and CMU family and friends are invited for light snacks, house tours, and lively conversations as we reminisce and celebrate the legacy of Spirit House.
The open house will take place during Spring Carnival Weekend on Saturday, April 21, from 2:30-4:00 pm. Spirit House is located on Margaret Morrison Street in the "Hill" area of The Intersection.
Carnegie Mellon’s black student organization, SPIRIT was established over a quarter century ago. Spirit House was officially established and occupied in 1973 by its founding members: Tanya Allmond, Eddie Bullock, Alease Carrington, R.F. Duck, Jr., Pearl Fletcher, Harry Gateway, Dambe Gordon, Fela Neely, Agatha Marshall, Toni McKay, and Rita V. Robinson. The organization promotes a sense of fellowship within the Carnegie Mellon community by acting as a liaison between its members and the university via the presentation of cultural programs and the championing of black awareness.
In 2008, Spirit House closed due to disrepair. After years of being vacant, the house was renovated last summer.
The more than $800,000 Housing Services project included a full renovation of the building's infrastructure, including new heating, plumbing and electrical systems. Improvements to the kitchen, living room and study space were made, and three new bathrooms were added for the 13 residents. The building also received new windows and a new roof.
Current members of SPIRIT officially moved back into the building at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.