SPARTANBURG , S.C. – The renovation and restoration of Wofford College’s historic Main Building has been awarded the Peggy Thompson Gignilliat Preservation Award presented by the Preservation Committee of the Spartanburg County Historical Association. The presentation was made Tuesday, May 15, at the meeting of Wofford’s Board of Trustees.
The award is presented in memory of Peggy Gignilliat, a long-time Spartanburg resident and ardent preservationist. Her unwavering dedication to historic preservation in Spartanburg County is the guiding force behind the award, and it is given with the intent to recognize work completed on an historic site or significant work of art or artifact to maintain its historic and cultural significance.
Wofford’s Portrait Advisory Group previously received the ward for the restoration of the college’s historic portraits. Other recipients have been Mid South Management, restoration of the Walter Montgomery House; Johnson Development, restoration of the mural “The Legend of the Peach” by Margaret Law; Piedmont Area Girl Scout Council, restoration of a cabin from Magnolia Street at Camp Mary Elizabeth; Abby’s Grille; Magnolia Street Train Station; St. Luke’s Free Clinic; and Converse College, restoration of their cabin.
Throughout its history, every Wofford graduate has attended classes and assemblies in the historic Main Building.
Over the past 10 years, more than $8 million has been used toward upgrades, renovations and restoration projects in Main Building. Exterior work that involved renovations to the stucco and French drains were completed from 1999 to 2001, costing $600,000. A new central campus heating, ventilation and air conditioning loop, which includes Main Building along with Shipp and DuPre residence halls, was completed in 2001, at a cost of $1.2 million.
Major interior renovations and restoration took place in Main Building in two phases beginning in April 2005, with the West Wing classrooms and faculty offices being completed in February 2006 at a cost of $1.7 million. That phase also included adding an elevator and renovation of Mickel Chapel.
Work in Leonard Auditorium included the addition of state-of-the-art sound, audio-visual screens, lights and controls, in addition to an expansion of the stage area and installation of wooden pews reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century building. These renovations, completed in the summer of 2006, cost $3.2 million.
The renovation of the classrooms and faculty offices in the East Wing of Main Building was completed in November 2006, at a cost of $2.2 million. These areas were reoccupied by the beginning of the spring 2007 semester.
McMillan Smith & Partners Architects in Spartanburg were the architects for the project, with Donnie Love as the project director. Trehel Corp., headed by president and owner Neal Workman, a 1969 Wofford graduate, was the contractor. Sub-contractors included C.J. Compton, plumbing; McGee Heat & Air, mechanical; and J. Frank Blakeley, electrical.