Tillman Hall – Clemson, South Carolina
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Clemson University was founded in the late 1800s by Thomas Clemson. Born in Philadelphia, Clemson was a champion of agricultural affairs and farming. He moved to South Carolina when he married Anna Calhoun, daughter of South Carolina’s famous statesman, John Calhoun.
These colorful photos highlight the tall tower of Tillman Hall, which serves as a sort of “town clock” for both Clemson University and the town that surrounds it. The grassy knoll in front of Tillman Hall is known as Bowman Field.
Tillman Hall is listed in the National Register as part of Clemson University Historic District #1:
Clemson University Historic District I includes eight historic resources (four academic buildings, a recreational building, a post office, a marching and athletic field, and a park) located on the northern portion of the campus. It is significant for its association with the founding, development, and growth of Clemson University, which has played a major role in higher education in South Carolina since its founding in 1889. The district is also significant as an intact collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century educational buildings at a state-supported land-grant college. Properties in the district include: Tillman Hall (1893), Godfey Hall (1898), Bowman Field (1900), Sikes Hall (1905), Holtendorff Hall (1916), Trustees’ Park (c.1925), Long Hall (1937), and Mell Hall (1939). Styles include Renaissance Revival and Classical Revival. Tillman Hall was designed by architects Bruce and Morgan from Atlanta, Ga. Sikes Hall, Holtzendorff Hall, and Long Hall were designed by Rudolph E. Lee, a Clemson graduate and chair of the Department of Architecture.
Reflections on Tillman Hall
Long-time contributor Gary Dubose donated the photo at the top of this page. He writes, “Tillman Hall, built in the 1890s, is the classic symbol of Clemson University. The building is named for Ben Tillman, the governor of South Carolina who (along with Thomas Clemson) was instrumental in the founding of what was then Clemson College.”
Dubose adds, “The interior of the building has been rebuilt a couple of times. The first was after it was gutted by a fire only a few years after being constructed. The second time was in the 1980s when the building was extensively renovated.”
DuBose, who hails from Seneca, is a Clemson alum and chemistry teacher at nearby Daniel High. Since his wife works at the university, he visits the campus a good bit and says it is one of his favorite places to walk and take photos.
Photographer and Clemson alumnus Andy Hunter tells us this about the historic photo at the bottom of the page: “I took this when I was at Clemson from ’75 to ’79. I worked in the photo lab for three years – great years – getting paid to do my hobby. I actually tray-developed this one.”
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Address: 101 Gantt Circle, Clemson, SC 29634
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