Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Doyle Hall

Click on image titles for larger views.
Institution Name: Presbyterian College
Original/Historic Place Name: Alumni Hall
Location on Campus: West Plaza
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1891original construction Unknown
1942renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: stucco (original); brick veneer (current)
Roof: none specified
1891-1941residence hall
. 1971-2004residence hall (overflow housing)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (vacant)

Significance: history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterThornwell-Presbyterian College Historic District (1982)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Doyle Hall, originally known as Alumni Hall, was built in 1891 as a dormitory and was the first building to be completed on the current campus. The funds for construction, totalling $2700, were raised by the then-newly organized Alumni Association of the college. Initially faced with stucco, the three-story building contained six rooms per floor and had the capacity to house 36 students. Each room was heated by its own fireplace. By 1913, it was fully equipped with electricity and modern bathroom facilities.

In 1942 the building was re-faced with brick, when it was renovated to served as the Doyle Infirmary. At this same time, the main entrance was moved from the side facade to the front, and a new facade was designed and built. When the college built a new infirmary in 1971, Doyle Hall as it had come to be known, was used for overflow housing. It is now vacant.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Hammet, Ben Hay. The Spirit of Presbyterian College: A Centennial History. Clinton, SC: Presbyterian College, 1982.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Thornwell-Presbyterian College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1982.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Government Offices

Contact us / About Site / About CIC
© 2006
Council of Independent Colleges
One Dupont Circle, Ste. 320
Washington, DC
All rights reserved
Last update: November 2006