Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Winnie Davis Hall of History

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Institution Name: Limestone College
Original/Historic Place Name: Winnie Davis Hall of History
Location on Campus: Front Quad, 1115 College Dr.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1904original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: masonry, brick
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
ca. 1904museum (confederate artifacts)
ca. 1904academic department building (history)
1904-present (2007)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (conference rooms)
ca. 2004-present (2007)museum (art gallery)
ca. 2004-present (2007)faculty offices

Significance: architecture, culture, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterLimestone Springs Historic District (1986); Winnie Davis Hall (1977)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

This building is the centerpiece of the Limestone College campus and one of the true architectural gems in the state of South Carolina. Completed in 1903, Winnie Davis Hall was named in honor of Varina Anne Davis (1864-1898), the youngest daughter of Jefferson Davis. The building features ornate arched windows, an octagonal tower with skylight, and a double staircase in the entry foyer. A fine example of the Gothic Revival style, Winnie Davis is a two story building with a central crenellated tower, a projecting central bay with gable, and grouped lacet windows. The building is scheduled for renovation for use as a museum and as the college archives. The building will also house classrooms and faculty offices.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Hopper, C. G., Jr., and Bobby G. Moss. Toward the Light. Gaffney, SC: Limestone College, 1998.

Limestone Springs Historic District [including Limestone College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1986.

McMillan, Montague, A History of Limestone College, 1845-1970. Columbia, SC: R. L. Bryan Company, 1970.

Taylor, Walter Carroll. History of Limestone College. Gaffney, SC: Limestone College, 1937.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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