Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Neville Hall

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Institution Name: Presbyterian College
Original/Historic Place Name: Administration Building
Location on Campus: east end of West plaza
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1907original construction Wilson, Charles Coker
1965interior remodeled Unknown
1988interior renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: brick
Roof: none specified
1907-1973Greek letter society
1907-present (2007)faculty offices

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

Neville Hall, originally known as the Administration Building, was built in 1907 at a cost of $35,000. It was and still is a central building on the Presbyterian College campus. A three-story Georgian revival building, it has a projecting central pavilion topped by an Ionic portico. The portico is flanked by paired Tuscan pilasters, and the building itself is crowned with a hemispherical dome. The structure initially included offices, classrooms, science laboratories, the college library, an auditorium, and meeting rooms for the literary societies of the college. In 1944 its named was changed to honor the memory of William G. Neville, who was college president at the time of the building's construction.

Both interior and exterior renovations were done in 1965, and additional interior work was done in 1988. As part of the renovation of 1965, new floors were suspended in the original rotunda and the auditorium, resulting in an additional 8000 square feet of office space.

Neville Hall is located at one end of West Plaza, and serves as its focal point. Both West and East Plazas are integral to the plan of the Presbyterian College campus.

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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