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)
Materials:
Foundation: none specified
Walls: brick
Roof: none specified
 
    Function:
ca. 1908-present (2007)residence hall

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

Narrative:
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.
 

References:
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
SHPO
Government Offices
 

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