Spartanburg Community College welcomed 550 students this fall to their new downtown campus, housed in the historic Evans building, an important structure located in the central business district. Once home to Spartanburg High School in the 1930’s, renovation of the three-story, 104,000 SF building restores the building’s historic character while returning its use to an educational mission serving local residents.
The new downtown campus includes classrooms, laboratories, a book store, offices, study and conference rooms. The design incorporates the Spartanburg School District 7 Viking Early College, an all-male college-prep program allowing students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.
Preserving the historic character of the building was important to the community. Crown molding, brick details and the school’s original master clock were painstakingly restored while new energy efficient features such as mechanical systems and windows were replaced.
The building, supported by state and private donations, is an excellent example of a community successfully addressing educational access and urban renewal.
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