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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:
1904original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: masonry, brick
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
 
Function:
ca. 1904museum (confederate artifacts)
ca. 1904academic department building (history)
1904-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (conference rooms)
ca. 2004-present (2006)museum (art gallery)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices
 

Narrative:
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.
 

References:

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.

 

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