Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Jacobs Hall

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Institution Name: Presbyterian College
Original/Historic Place Name: Jacobs Hall
Location on Campus: West Plaza
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1915original construction Sayre and Baldwin
1987renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: brick
Roof: none specified
ca. 1915-1987library
ca. 1915-1987gymnasium
ca. 1915-1987academic department building (science)
ca. 1987-present (2007)academic department building (business, economics, military science)

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

Jacobs Hall is a three-story Georgian revival structure of brick and limestone. Built in 1915, it was named for the Reverend William Plumer Jacobs, the founder of Presbyterian College. A colossal Ionic portico with paired columns articulates the center of the facade. The first floor windows have segmental brick arches with projecting keystones, and a full Ionic entablature with a brick frieze is carried around the building. It was designed originally to provide a library, science laboratories, and a gymnasium.

The exterior remains completely intact. The interior, however, was extensively renovated in 1987 and now provides space for the departments of mathematics, economics, business administration, and ROTC.

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, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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