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Burroughs School, Horry County (801 Main St., Conway)
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Facade, 1905
building entrance
with 1915 addition
Facade, 1923
auditorium complex
Facade, ca. 1945
Rear Elevation of
1905 building
and 1915 addition
Rear Elevation of
ca. 1945 cafeteria
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Rear Elevation of
of 1923 auditorium
Music Room
ca. 1935
ca. 1935 Outbuilding
Boiler Plant
ca. 1935
Auditorium Foyer
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1905 Classroom
1917 Classroom

(Burroughs Graded School) The Burroughs School is significant in the early history of education in Horry County and as a community center and local landmark in Conway. Burroughs School was constructed in three phases between 1905 and 1923. Architects who worked on this building during this period included Henry Emil Bonitz of Wilmington, NC and Charles Coker Wilson of Columbia. The two-story, brick building, which reveals the influences of the Georgian (or Colonial) Revival and Neoclassical styles, is the oldest remaining public school building in Horry County. The earliest central portion of the building, constructed in 1905 as an elementary school, was designed by Henry E. Bonitz. The fašade of this section has three main portions of eleven bays. The three-bay central portion is recessed behind the other two and features a one-story, hip roof porch supported by six Ionic columns with Scamozzi capitals. Flanking the central portion are hipped roof sections featuring a watertable and windows with radiating voussoirs, keystone architrave, and lug sills on each story. About 1915 a two-story hipped classroom wing was added to the building, with features matching the 1905 building. In 1923 four classrooms and an auditorium with Neoclassical motifs, designed by Charles Coker Wilson, was added to the complex. The auditorium is connected to the main school by a recessed two-story brick concourse and stairwell. The auditorium features a projecting central pavilion with a pedimented gable, two-story brick pilasters, and a slate-covered hip roof. The complex also contains later additions and buildings dating from ca. 1935 to ca. 1950. Listed in the National Register August 2, 1984.

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