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Claflin College Historic District, Orangeburg County (Orangeburg)
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Tingley Hall
Tingley Hall
Main Entrance
Tingley Hall
Lee Library Lee Library
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Trustee Hall Wilson Hall Dining Hall

The Claflin College Historic District is compromised of five educational buildings constructed between 1898 and ca. 1915 in the historic core of the Claflin College campus. The district is significant for its association with the important contributions of the college to African American education in South Carolina in the early twentieth century and is architecturally significant as an intact collection of early twentieth century educational buildings. Tingley Memorial Hall and Lee Library were constructed and equipped by funds donated by northern philanthropists. Tingley Hall is an elegant Georgian Revival composition, with fine proportions and ornate masonry detailing typical of the style. The Lee Library has an unusual, picturesque plan and classical details in its brickwork; it is a fine example of the inventive adaptations of classical precedents from the late Victorian period. The three other contributing buildings to the district, also constructed of brick, are Trustee Hall (ca. 1910), Wilson Hall (1913) and the Dining Hall (1913). Listed in the National Register September 20, 1985.

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