Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Bell Tower

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Institution Name: Presbyterian College
Original/Historic Place Name: Bell Tower
Location on Campus: in front of Smyth Dormitory
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
post- 1880original construction; lattice tower Unknown
1880original construction; bell Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: wooden lattice
Roof: none specified
ca. 1880-present (2007)bell tower

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

This bell, which was located in 1880 at the original Clinton High School or Clinton Academy Building, was later moved across town to the first permanent building of Presbyterian College, Recitation Hall (since demolished). Its site was the current location of the Thornwell Home and School. Later the bell was moved to West Plaza. It originally was mounted on a simple wooden frame, which subsequently was replaced with the present wooden latticework. The bell traditionally was rung for changing classes and athletic victories, and is the only remaining feature of the original college property.

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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