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Lowman Hall, Orangeburg County (South Carolina State University Campus, Orangeburg)
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Lowman Hall, which was constructed in 1917 as a men’s dormitory, is the oldest intact building on the South Carolina State College campus. It is significant not only as part of the campus’s physical development from the insubstantial frame buildings with which the college opened in 1896 to permanent brick construction, but also as one of the first designs of architect Miller F. Whittaker, who was then on the college faculty. Whittaker, a pioneer African American architect in South Carolina, helped set standards for students aspiring to the architectural profession. Lowman Hall is a three-story, common bond brick building, with a hipped roof, exposed rafter tails, and hipped projecting pavilions at each end of the central core. A hip-roofed dormer with three multi-light windows is centered on the roof. There are brick quoins on each elevation. The fašade features a one-story, tetrastyle Ionic portico centered on the main entrance. A portico with paired Ionic columns shelters the entrances at each end. Listed in the National Register September 20, 1985.

View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. In addition, the Historic Resources of Orangeburg, ca. 1850-ca. 1935 includes historical background information for this and other related National Register properties.

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