211 North Brooks Street
City Directories and History: (Clarendon County Public Library; Hannah Levi Memorial Library) The Manning Library was constructed between 1909 and 1910 and is architecturally significant as a local interpretation of the Classical Revival style. The one-story brick structure is set on a raised basement and is stuccoed on the front and de-facades beneath the water table. Brickwork is stretcher bond. Symmetrical in form, the library features an encircling granite entablature, a brick parapet with moulded cap and a tin-roofed dome. Each of the four facades is divided into two side bays and a larger central bay; the façade is divided by four engage pilasters which are broken by the entablature buy reappear on the parapet above. The front façade is dominated by a pedimented Roman Doric portico projecting outward from the central bay and around which the entablature continues unbroken. The library is also important both as the first public library in Clarendon County and for its associations with locally prominent individuals. In 1905, local attorney and financier gave a one thousand-dollar donation toward building the library. The Levi children requested that the library be named in memory of their mother, Hannah Levi. It is believed that the prominent architectural firm Shand & Lafaye, of Columbia, South Carolina built the Manning Library, adding further to its architectural significance. Listed in the National Register July 10, 1979.
(Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
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