South Carolina Picture Project

Walhalla Civic Auditorium – Walhalla, South Carolina


South Carolina  |  SC Picture Project  |  Oconee County Photos  |  Walhalla Civic Auditorium


Edit This Page  |  Leave A Comment

This two-story Classical Revival brick building was constructed on a two-acre lot conveyed in 1871 by Dietrich Biemann, one of the founders of the Town of Walhalla. The land was granted to William S. Bowman, trustee of Newberry College, with the stipulation that if the college ceased to exist or was relocated, the land would revert to the Walhalla Town Council to be used “exclusively for the promotion of the education of the white race and more specifically of the white residents” of the town.

Walhalla Graded School Civic Auditorium

Jimmy Emerson of Dalton, Georgia, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Newberry College relocated to Walhalla in 1877 after suffering financial hardships following the Civil War. It remained here nine years before returning to Newberry. Adger College was then organized and operated from the same building until 1884, when a grammar school opened in its place. That school burned to the ground in 1888. Soon after, a dance pavilion was constructed on the site, which was then briefly known as Catherine Park.

Walhalla Civic Auditorium

SC Department of Archives and History, 1992 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Built in 1902, the central portion of the present building (shown here) served as the Walhalla Graded School in Oconee County. Additions were made over the years, including an eastern wing and auditorium, both built between 1913 and 1914, and a 1950s classroom in the rear to provide more educational space. The building was designed by an important architectural firm, based in Columbia, known as Edwards and Walter. The firm of Edwards and Walter, made up of William Augustus Edwards and Frank C. Walter, was responsible for the design of many important buildings throughout the state of South Carolina. Collectively their portfolio includes such notable mentions as the Abbeville County Courthouse, Sumter County Courthouse, Withers Building at Winthrop University, and Winnie Davis Hall at Limestone College.

Walhalla Civic Auditorium

David Seamans of Walhalla, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

During its first session, the Walhalla Graded School served 172 pupils, but this number increased dramatically over the years. By the 1923-1924 school year, a separate high school was needed. Overcrowding had made it necessary for high school students to use the building in the mornings and grammar school students to use it in the afternoon. The building operated as a school until 1980 and served as the offices for the Oconee County School District from 1981 though 1992.

The building sat boarded and abandoned until a group of concerned residents, known as the Walhalla Auditorium Restoration Committee, created a charter, obtained 501(c)3 status, secured a lease, and began restoration. The auditorium now boasts 453 seats (140 of which are in the balcony). The reception hall can seat 100 and is available for rentals; it also doubles as a place for concessions during events. The season runs from July through June each year and can contain anything from musical performances and plays to conferences and community events. Restoration was complete by August of 2003, and the first event featured a sold-out performance of the world-renowned pianist, Emile Pandolfi.

The Walhalla Civic Auditorium is listed in the National Register as the Walhalla Graded School:

The Walhalla Graded School is comprised of a 1902 graded school, a 1913-14 auditorium and east wing addition, and a 1950s classroom addition. It is significant as an excellent example of an educational building in the Classical Revival style designed by the Columbia architectural firm of Edwards and Walter. The school is also significant for its role in the educational development of Oconee County. An important landmark in Walhalla, this school was built on what had historically been the temporary site of Newberry College and Adger College. It is one of the few surviving, relatively intact, early twentieth century brick school buildings still in use today in the county. The entire building is constructed of brick and rests on a brick foundation, with a raised basement under the two earliest portions of the building. These two early portions of the building have a hip roof with hip knobs and are covered with stamped sheet-metal shingles. The central section of the fa├žade features a central projecting pavilion topped by a curvilinear gable. The auditorium is a one-story, six-bay brick building which extends from the north wall of the main school building. The classroom addition is a one-story, one-bay brick building which extends from the north wall of the auditorium. Listed in the National Register February 13, 1992.


Walhalla Civic Auditorium Info


Address: 101 East North Broad Street, Walhalla, SC 29691
GPS Coordinates: 34.766914,-83.064943
Website: http://www.walhallacivic.com/


Walhalla Civic Auditorium Map




Walhalla Civic Auditorium – Add Info and More Photos


The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Walhalla Civic Auditorium, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


Please Share Your Thoughts!


The South Carolina Picture Project is a volunteer project which earns no profit. We work hard to ensure its accuracy, but if you see a mistake, please know that it is not intentional and that we are more than happy to update our information if it is incorrect. That said, our goal is to create something positive for our state, so please make your comments constructive if you would like them to be published. Thank you!



3 Comments about Walhalla Civic Auditorium

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
July 11th, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Thanks for that information! We saw on the official website the listing we had in the text: http://www.walhallacivic.com/about.html

Mike CraneNo Gravatar says:
July 11th, 2017 at 1:34 pm

The first show was not in August of 2003. It was in June of 2003. The Marksmen Quartet were the headliners and The Oconee County Bluegrass Boys opened the show at 7pm.

Andera StroudNo Gravatar says:
June 28th, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Interesting history. Great use of the building today.





Walhalla Civic Auditorium - Related Entries


Allendale County Courthouse



The Governor Thomas Bennett House

Tabby Manse
Tabby Manse
Beaufort


Bennett-Sistare House

Hanover House

Koger House

Greenleaf Villa

Walhalla Graded School Civic Auditorium




SC PICTURE PROJECT

Join Us on Facebook
Our 5 Goals
Our Contributors
Add Info
Add Pictures
Search for Pictures
Missing Landmarks

SC TOWNS & LANDMARKS

Abbeville ACE Basin Aiken Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Courthouses Darlington Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Elloree Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Honea Path Hopkins Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Manning Marion McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinopolis Plantations Port Royal Post Offices Ravenel Restaurants Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Waterfalls Water Towers West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Yemassee York

© 2017 SCIWAY.net, LLC All rights reserved.