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Monday, February 27, 2012

February 27th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall...90 Years Apart

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Today we will take a look at what almost 90 years does to the landscape of one of Clemson’s iconic buildings.

The first picture of Tillman Hall is from the early 1920’s and the picture following was taken recently.

In the background of the 1920’s picture you can clearly see a few of the famous Model T Ford cards in the driveway. You will also notice that the tree heights reach the 2nd floor of Tillman Hall.

In the recent photo, you can see the trees are now almost as tall as Tillman Hall itself. As you can see from comparing the two pictures, Tillman Hall (the building) has not changed at all over the 90 years between these two pictures.

Tillman Hall is not the oldest building on the campus, but it is one of the most recognized building at Clemson. It overlooks Bowman Field and was dedicated in 1891 and was originally called "The Agricultural Building." Much of the building was destroyed in a fire on May 22nd, 1894.

Known as the Main Building for the first half of the twentieth century, it was formally named Tillman Hall in honor of Governor Benjamin Tillman, one of the seven original trustees of Clemson, by the Board of Trustees in 1946.

Today, Tillman Hall houses the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the school of Technology and Human Resources, and the Calhoun Honors College.

Tillman Hall also has a auditorium that is often used for guest speakers or small presentations. The Clemson AFROTC is also located in Tillman Hall.

Tillman's tower holds a clock which chimes every 15-minutes with a 47-bell carillon. The original bell sits in a monument in The Carillon Garden just a few feet from Tillman Hall.

In front of the building is a statue of Thomas Green Clemson.

Tillman Hall is named for Benjamin Ryan Tillman, governor of South Carolina from 1890-1895, US Senator from 1895-1918, and Life Trustee of Clemson Agricultural College.

The building itself was completed in 1893 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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