SCC, Architect Firm Recognized for Refurbishing Former High School Building

Article by: Spartanburg Herald-Journal

The Evans Academic Center, part of Spartanburg Community College (SCC Downtown Campus) and the building now housing SC Works Upstate, was recently recognized at the 2014 S.C. Historic Preservation Awards.
Spartanburg Community College and McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture received an Honor Award during an awards ceremony on June 11. The award is sponsored by the Palmetto Trust, the S.C. Department of Archives and History and the Office of the Governor. It is presented to recognize historic preservation and rehabilitation efforts across the state.

The Evans Academic Center, originally known as the Evans Building, was built in the 1920s. Spartanburg Community College bought the building in 2009 and almost $19.4 million in work was done to renovate the building. The new center opened last August for fall classes.

Stephen McCrae, Palmetto Trust board president, said during the ceremony that the college and architectural firm worked to restore the building to its former glory, according to a written statement from the college.
"The renovation project of the Evans Academic Center of Spartanburg Community College's Downtown Campus modernized a 1920s building for its current technical and academic needs while undoing some of the changes accomplished in a previous renovation that had erased most of the historic fabric and character of the building," McCrae said.

 

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