Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Curtis Administration Building

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Institution Name: Limestone College
Original/Historic Place Name: Curtis Administration Building
Location on Campus: Front Quad/1115 College Dr.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1899original construction Unknown
1939two story pedimented portico and Doric columns were added Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: tar; shingle
ca. 1899student union (hall for literary societies)
ca. 1899museum (natural sciences)
ca. 1899library (and reading room)
ca. 1899auditorium
ca. 1899-present (2007)administration
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (historic parlor)

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

Curtis Hall was constructed as the Limestone College Administration Building. It was added to the Limestone Springs Hotel Building in 1899. Curtis is a two story, brick building which features a rectangular central tower with a decorative pediment. It features a variety of architectural styles, including a Neo-Classical pediment over two-story columns and a French Empire-style cupola. The two story pedimented portico and Doric columns were added in 1939. It is named for Limestone College founder Thomas Curtis.

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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