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February 25th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Tillman Hall Fire From 1894

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are some of the oldest that I have seen involving Clemson. The photos are from May 22, 1894 and show Tillman Hall ablaze.

The fire at Tillman broke out in a third floor laboratory, but thanks to the action of the cadets in forming bucket brigades, the exterior walls were saved. The entire Clemson Library was lost, including books that once belonged to John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson.

After the fire, reconstruction of what we now call Tillman Hall was quickly planned as the original architects, Brooks and Morgan of Atlanta, were retained at a fee of five percent to plan and supervise the work. Total cost for rebuilding was $22,993.00.

Tillman Hall is not the oldest building on the campus, but it is one of the most recognized buildings at Clemson. It overlooks Bowman Field and was dedicated in 1891, originally called "The Agricultural Building." 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 at their meeting in the first week of July, 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 small auditorium that is often used for guest speakers or small presentations. 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. In front of the building is a statue of Thomas Green Clemson.

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