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Old Batesburg Grade School, Lexington County (306 E. Columbia Ave., Batesburg)
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(Batesburg Elementary School) The Old Batesburg Grade School is a two-story brick Neo-Classical school building with a central tetrastyle portico and flanking pavilions. The building was built ca. 1912 as the town’s first public school. Housing grades 1-11, it succeeded and replaced two earlier schools, a Baptist school built ca. 1886 and a Methodist school built sometime thereafter. The two church schools merged in 1896 in the Baptist school building, which burned in 1911. The school is also significant architecturally as one of three Neo-Classical public school buildings built in the county in the early twentieth century. The main body of the building has five bays on the fašade, with three beneath the portico. The central portico has four colossal Tuscan columns on brick bases supporting a full entablature with a pediment. The central entrance is recessed beneath a segmental arch with cement keystone and impost blocks. The first floor windows have flat lintels, while the second floor windows have segmental heads with cement spandrels, keystones, and impost blocks. An auditorium is located at the rear of the building. Wing additions were added ca. 1945, and the original windows were replaced with jalousie windows. Listed in the National Register July 6, 1982.

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