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The Robert H. Bray Cottage

The Robert H. Bray Cottage was a caretaker's house and attached garage prior to the purchase of the property by the Fraternity. It was dedicated on January 1, 1991 as a sixteen bed guesthouse for brothers visiting Lyrecrest, particularly for the CPR Convocation. Bray was an initiate of the Beta Mu chapter at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri. The naming of the cottage in his honor was partly to recognize his many tangible gifts to the Lyrecrest property over the years (particularly during the early 1990s). The cottage can provide sleeping accommodations for 22, and features a large room with bunk beds, a smaller bedroom in the rear, and an entrance room that may be used as a sitting room or for overflow sleeping areas. When the building was first dedicated, a large St. Louis, Missouri poster (which was the designated host city of the upcoming national convention in 1994) graced the walls, along with matching sets of red, black, and gold bath towels and washcloths. Currently, the walls of the cottage are adorned with t-shirts from chapters who've visited the cottage - a tradition initiated during the Collegiate Province Representative Convocation in December 2003. The cottage also features a 1942 (video game) console.

During the late 1990s, a grant from the Sinfonia Foundation provided for comprehensive renovations of several areas of the main house and adjacent grounds. The sterile institutional feel of the main and upper levels gave way to a more home-like atmosphere.

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