City Directories and History: The ca. 1892 Wilson Hall building at Converse College was constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture — designed by Alexander Campbell Bruce and Thomas H. Morgan.
“Converse College is situated on a high hill, facing on Main Street, about one mile from the public square, and is surrounded by a beautiful oak grove covering forty acres. The main building of the college, containing 110 rooms and costing $50,000, will be completed by September 1st of this year. It contains a chapel, art studio, recitation rooms, infirmary, parlors, dining rooms, bath rooms, and student rooms. The latter are eighteen by sixteen feet and furnished with a marble-top washstand and dressing case, wardrobe, bed with wire woven springs, moss hair mattress, feather pillows, two rocking chairs, table, and carpeted floor.
The entire building is heated by steam. This part of the work was done by specialists at a cost of $5,000. A radiator is placed in each dormitory, so that the students can increase or diminish the temperature by simply turning a valve. The building is supplied with gas from the city gas factory and with water from the city reservoir. Fire escapes are also provided. Neither time, energy, nor money have been spared to make everything about the college as complete as possible.
The faculty is composed as follows: the Rev. B.F. Wilson, president, mental and moral science; Prof. D.A. DuPre of Wofford College, physical science; the Rev. A. Coke Smith of Wofford College, mental science; the Rev. T.D. Bratton, history and political science; Geo. Heintish, M.D., anatomy and mathematics; Miss Helen M. Albaugh, elocution and calisthenics; Miss Eleanor S. Long, art department; Miss Cora Steele, primary department; and Mrs. Lula Butler Thompson, matron. Stenography, telegraphy, and typewriting will be taught, and there will be complete gymnasium and calisthenic departments.” (Reprinted from South Carolina in the 1880s: A Gazetteer by J.H. Moore, Sandlapper Publishing Company – 1989)
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