St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church – Aiken, South Carolina
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Built in 1842, St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church is the oldest church structure in Aiken. At one point, only Confederate soldiers who fought in the Battle of Aiken were granted burial rights here. It remains an active church and is the home of Mead Hall School.
St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register, which says the following:
Although St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church has been important in the history of the town of Aiken since its construction ca. 1842, it is also important for its association with the Aiken Winter Colony. Many of the Winter Colonists belonged to the congregation of St. Thaddeus and contributed generously to its “restoration” in 1926. The changes made to St. Thaddeus reflect the wealth and sophistication of its congregation during the Winter Colony era and illustrate the impact of the Winter Colony community.
The church was extensively remodeled in 1926 according to the design of Albert Simons of Charleston. Originally a simple frame, weatherboarded building, St. Thaddeus is now stuccoed and has Greek Revival proportions. The three-bay façade features a pedimented Doric portico that shelters the central, double-door entrance. The entrance features a transom and shelf architrave and is flanked by secondary entrances with transoms and similar architraves. The church has a gable roof surmounted by a one-stage, inset steeple with spire and cross. The nominated property includes the church cemetery.
Reflections on St. Thaddeus Episcopal
Andy Hunter, a longtime SC Picture Project contributor who shared two of the photos above, describes the scene he found at St. Thaddeus in July of 2013: “I’ve been through Aiken a hundred times but never noticed St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church. This afternoon I did! It is full of SC history, with many notable SC historical figures buried in its cemetery. What I did not expect were two hawks perched on the steeple’s cross keeping watch over the church’s beautiful property. A close up of the pair is shown above!”
St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church Info
Address: 125 Pendleton Street SW, Aiken, SC 29801
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