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Limestone Rededicates Winnie Davis Hall of History; Photo Slideshow Added

On Friday, April 16th), the historic Winnie Davis Hall of History at Limestone College was rededicated.

Featured in the program were performances by The Limestone College and Community Chorus, The Limestone College Jazz Ensemble, and the student-group Saxophore.

See the photo slideshow here .

Speaking at the event will be Limestone President Dr. Walt Griffin and representatives of college students, faculty, alumni and Board of Trustees. The ribbon cutting will be conducted by Mrs. Pat Plyler Watts, Mrs. Pat Williams Willis, Gaylord Perry (all co-chairs of the College's capital campaign to restore the building) and Lyman Hamrick, former Chair of the College's Board of Trustees.

Built in 1904, the Winnie Davis Hall of History is an excellent example of late Gothic Revival architecture. The building's design features an octagonal sky-lighted tower, a double staircase in its entry foyer and ornate, arched windows.

By 1977 the building had fallen into such disrepair that it was deemed unsafe and was closed. The College launched its $4.8 million initiative in 2008 to restore the building. With the start of the spring 2010 semester, the building began hosting classes for the first time in 30 years. It houses six wireless multimedia classrooms, three museums and galleries and faculty offices. A new tower was added to the west side of the hall for stairs, elevators and restroom facilities to meet building codes. A catering kitchen is also included in the new tower design.

In early March, the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation honored Limestone with an Excellence in Preservation Award for the College's restoration of Winnie Davis Hall of History. The presentation was made during the organization's 15th annual awards ceremony in Georgetown. Martin Meek, president of Campbell Meek Architects of Spartanburg who directed the Limestone initiative, was also honored with the Palmetto Trust's Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in Preservation. Meek's firm, as well as the contractors, McDaniel Construction, also received an Honor Award from Palmetto Trust.

"The Winnie Davis Hall of History is a shining example of taking a neglected, decaying historic property and bringing it back to life," said Michael Bedenbaugh, Executive Director of the Palmetto Trust. "The steps taken by Limestone resulted in an exceptional accomplishment in historical preservation, restoration and interpretation of South Carolina's architectural and cultural heritage."