Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Laurens Hall

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Institution Name: Presbyterian College
Original/Historic Place Name: Laurens Hall
Location on Campus: east end of West Plaza
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1908original construction Wilson, Charles C.
1954interior renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: brick
Roof: none specified
ca. 1908-present (2007)residence hall

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

Laurens Hall, which was funded by the Presbytery of Laurens County, was built in 1908. It is a two-story Beaux-Arts classical building with a central projecting pavilion defined by four Ionic pilasters supporting a broken pediment. The building extends three bays to each side of the pavilion, with flat arches above the windows.

The building was designed as a residence hall and initially it provided housing for 24 students. The rooms were laid out in suites and included a central study with a single bedroom to either side. Each room was heated by a stove, and the building was lit by electric lights and contained modern bathroom facilities. The interior in 1954 was completed renovated, when its capacity was increased to 36 students.

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

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