High School Addition – Hartsville SC


The old high school in Hartsville, South Carolina featured a large New Deal-funded addition courtesy the federal Public Works Administration (PWA). The exact location and current status of the site is presently unknown to Living New Deal.

“The city of Hartsville, 70 miles northeast of Columbia in Darlington County, had inadequate school facilities with no means of giving courses in manual training or domestic science and no auditorium. The school authorities secured a grant from the P. W. A. and together with local funds carried out this project which included the addition of two 3-story wings to the existing high school, containing classrooms, a library, and a study hall; a 1-story building for manual training; and an auditorium which has a seating capacity of 500. The auditorium is shown in the illustration with the manual- training building in the background. All the buildings are frame construction but have exterior walls of brick and roofs covered with composition shingles. The auditorium was completed in November 1938 at a construction cost of $22,702 and a project cost of $24,951. The total cost of the entire project was $94,594.”

PWA Docket No. SC 1178.

Source notes

Short and Stanley-Brown: Public buildings: a survey of architecture of projects constructed by federal and other governmental bodies between the years 1933 and 1939 with the assistance of the Public Works Administration (1939) (pg. 222)

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on September 13, 2014.

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Location Info

Hartsville, SC

Location notes: General location marker for town of Hartsville, SC

Coordinates: 34.3740, -80.0734

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