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Friday, February 7, 2014

February 7th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Godfrey Hall Through The Years

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are a compilation of Godfrey Hall, otherwise known as the “old textile building”.

Godfrey Hall was the home of the Textile Department at Clemson until the completion of Sirrine Hall in 1938. Godfrey Hall also served as a dressing room for the football team during the years they played on Bowman and Riggs fields until Fike Field House was built. And, interesting, the top floor of Godfrey Hall was used as an overflow ward for the college hospital.

Godfrey Hall was built in 1898 and the photo below shows the construction of the building in 1898 as cadets assembled around the construction site. This construction was considered the birth of the textile movement at Clemson and was considered a significant moment in the state of South Carolina. Many students in the 1920’s and 1930’s took all of their textile courses in Godfrey Hall.

Most would tell you that the “heyday” of textiles in South Carolina was during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Almost all of the leaders of that era of Textile significance in this state took classes at Godfrey Hall in the 1930’s.

The photo below shows the Phi Psi Textile Fraternity taken just outside of Godfrey Hall, including the father of Alan Cutts (the gentleman that has donated so many of these pictures to me).

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