2006-12-18 / Front Page

College project gets $350,00 boost

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

Architect’s drawing shows what the renovated Winnie Davis Hall will look like. Architect’s drawing shows what the renovated Winnie Davis Hall will look like. Limestone College will receive a $350,000 state grant to help with the restoration of Winnie Davis Hall of History.

The Winnie Davis Hall of History has not been used by Limestone College in 30 years. The college submitted a competitive grant to the state several months ago as part of fundraising efforts to renovate the college’s secondoldest building.

Limestone College received word last week that the state Budget and Control Board had funded the entire $350,000 grant requested for the Winnie Davis renovations. With recent gifts from the Board of Trustees, Limestone College President Dr. Walt Griffin said the college is now halfway towards the $4 million needed to renovate the structure.

Limestone College plans to announce a capital campaign in late January.

“This is a very significant contribution towards the Winnie Davis Hall of History renovation project,” Griffin said. “A major focus of our fundraising efforts over the next 18 months will be geared towards raising the remaining amount needed to start work on the project.”

Built in 1904, Winnie Davis Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. Once called the jewel of the Limestone College campus, the college plans to renovate the building to add six multimedia classrooms, three museums and galleries, and several faculty offices.

The renovations will provide much-needed classroom space for Limestone College, which has seen its enrollment increase from 274 students in 1992 to 700 students this year.

Martin Meek of Campbell Meek and Associates Architects Inc. is the lead architect for the project. Meek is renowned for his preservation work on historic buildings.

One of his more recent projects is The Inn on Main in Spartanburg, the city’s only downtown bed and breakfast. He renovated the Freemont School in Spartanburg, a project for which he received the 2003 S.C. Historic Preservation Honor Award.

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