Palmetto Trust Honors Limestone for Renovation of Winnie Davis Hall of History

Left to right: Dave Rilling, Vice President for Financial Affairs; Kelly Curtis, Associate Vice President for Development; and Dr. Walt Griffin, President of Limestone.

The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation honored Limestone College with a 2010 Honor Award for the college's restoration of Winnie Davis Hall of History. The presentation was made during the organization's 15th annual awards ceremony in early March in Georgetown.

Martin Meek, president of Campbell Meek Architects of Spartanburg who directed the Limestone initiative, was also honored with the Palmetto Trust's Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in Preservation. Meek and McDaniel Construction were also presented with a 2010 Honor Award for their work on the Winnie Davis restoration.

"The Winnie Davis Hall of History is a shining example of taking a neglected, decaying historic property and bringing it back to life," said Michael Bedenbaugh, Executive Director of the Palmetto Trust. "The steps taken by Limestone resulted in an exceptional accomplishment in historical preservation, restoration and interpretation of South Carolina's architectural and cultural heritage."

Built in 1904, the Winnie Davis Hall of History is an excellent example of late Gothic Revival architecture. By 1977 it had fallen into such disrepair that it was deemed unsafe and was closed. The college launched its $4.8 million initiative in 2008 to restore the building. With the start of the spring 2010 semester, the building began hosting classes for the first time in 30 years. It houses six wireless multimedia classrooms, three museums and galleries and faculty offices. A new tower was added to the west side of the hall for elevators and restroom facilities to meet building codes. A catering kitchen is also included in the new design.