City Directories and History: The historic Aiken Institute has served Aiken since its construction in 1891. Originally designed by architect Lewis F. Goodrich and constructed by John Stubes. Later additions by architect, Geoffrey Lloyd Preacher working with builders Palmer & Magruder.
The northern end of this large 2-story brick building was built circa 1891 by John Staubes. The southern portion was erected in 1914, and two wings were added to the southeast side of the annex around 1930. It was used as a public school until it reopened as the Aiken County Public Library in 1990. (Information – Aiken Chamber of Commerce)
Listed as part of the Aiken Winter Colony Historic District II, the institute is significant as an intact collection of properties associated with the Aiken Winter Colony. The district includes properties constructed by winter residents and properties rented by winter residents. Also included is Willcox’s, an inn frequented by Winter Colonists and noted for its cuisine. Included in the district are properties associated with some of the Winter Colony’s most influential members.
Aiken Winter Colony Historic District II consists of approximately one hundred properties constructed between ca. 1880 and ca. 1930, including residences, outbuildings, stables, racquet sport facilities, and an inn. The residences range from one-story cottages to large mansions with stables and other dependencies. (NR File Data)
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