Clemson University Historic District I

Clemson University Historic District I

Tillman Hall in 2008
Location Northern portion of campus along US 76, Clemson, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°40′47″N 82°50′4″W / 34.67972°N 82.83444°W / 34.67972; -82.83444Coordinates: 34°40′47″N 82°50′4″W / 34.67972°N 82.83444°W / 34.67972; -82.83444
Area 40.9 acres (16.6 ha)
Built 1893–1939
Architect Rudolph E. Lee; Bruce & Morgan
Architectural style Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian
MPS Clemson University MPS
NRHP Reference # 89002138[1]
Added to NRHP January 4, 1990

The Clemson University Historic District I is a collection of historic properties on the campus of Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. The district contains eight contributing properties located along the northern portion of the campus. Included are some of the oldest academic buildings on campus.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]

Contributing properties

Property Photo Built Location Notes
Bowman Field 1900 34°40′51.1″N 82°50′12.0″W / 34.680861°N 82.836667°W / 34.680861; -82.836667 Bowman Field was originally used as drill, marching, and parade grounds, and the location for commencement and military commissions during the school's years as a military college. It was also the home of the football and baseball teams before the construction of Riggs Field in 1916.[3] It is named for R.T.V. Bowman, an instructor and coach.
Godfrey Hall 1898 34°40′51.1″N 82°50′16.4″W / 34.680861°N 82.837889°W / 34.680861; -82.837889 Godfrey Hall, originally named the Textile Building, was once used as a Tuberculosis Hospital. Godfrey was renovated in 1987 and currently serves as classroom and laboratory space for the department of Graphic Communications.[3]
Holtzendorff Hall 1916 34°40′53.4″N 82°50′16.0″W / 34.681500°N 82.837778°W / 34.681500; -82.837778 Holtzendorff Hall was built as a YMCA building with a grant from John D. Rockefeller. The Italian Renaissance Revival building, designed by Department of Architecture Chairman Rudolph E. Lee, heralded the style of many other early campus buildings.[3] The interior has been extensively renovated, and now houses classrooms and offices for the General Engineering program.
Long Hall 1937 34°40′40.9″N 82°50′4.3″W / 34.678028°N 82.834528°W / 34.678028; -82.834528 Long Hall was originally constructed for the Agriculture department. It was built on the site of the university's cooperative extension service. It was designed in an Italianate style by Rudolph E. Lee. It is currently the home of the Biology department.[3]
Mell Hall 1939 34°40′55.1″N 82°50′15.5″W / 34.681972°N 82.837639°W / 34.681972; -82.837639 Mell Hall was built as a post office to serve the university and the town of Clemson. After separate post offices were built in 1973, the building became part of the university.[3] Today, it houses offices for the University Housing department.[4]
President's Park circa 1925 34°40′44.6″N 82°49′58.2″W / 34.679056°N 82.832833°W / 34.679056; -82.832833 President's Park, which was originally Trustees Park,[3] stretches along S.C. 93 from Sikes Hall to the President's House. A rotunda, donated by and named for the Class of 1957, was erected in 2009.[5]
Sikes Hall 1905 34°40′45.6″N 82°50′6.7″W / 34.679333°N 82.835194°W / 34.679333; -82.835194 Sikes Hall was built when the Agriculture department outgrew its space in Tillman Hall. Situated at the original entrance to John C. Calhoun's Fort Hill Plantation, the building was designed by Rudolph E. Lee, and modeled after the Library of Congress Building. After a fire in 1924, it was remodeled into a library.[3] Today, Sikes is the main administration building.
Tillman Hall 1893 34°40′48.6″N 82°50′15.2″W / 34.680167°N 82.837556°W / 34.680167; -82.837556 Tillman Hall is the University's clock tower and signature building. It was designed by Atlanta architects Bruce & Morgan, also responsible for other university buildings around the South. The building featured the first library, many classrooms and laboratories, and a chapel. Today, it houses the Education department and an auditorium. Along with Godfrey Hall and Hardin Hall, it is one of the few remaining buildings from the first phase of construction on campus.[3]

See also


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "Clemson University Historic District I". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Davis, Martin A.; Edwards, John (31 May 1988). "Clemson University Historic District I" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. National Park Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  4. "University Housing: Contact Us". Clemson University. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  5. Nixon, Angela. "Clemson reunion events celebrate alumni giving". Clemson University. Retrieved 20 May 2011.

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