Florence C. Benson Elementary School

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Florence C. Benson Elementary School
Florence C. Benson Elementary School is located in South Carolina
Florence C. Benson Elementary School
Florence C. Benson Elementary School is located in the US
Florence C. Benson Elementary School
Location 226 Bull St., Columbia, South Carolina
Coordinates 33°59′25″N 81°1′21″W / 33.99028°N 81.02250°W / 33.99028; -81.02250Coordinates: 33°59′25″N 81°1′21″W / 33.99028°N 81.02250°W / 33.99028; -81.02250
Area less than one acre
Built 1953 (1953)-1955
Architect Urquhart, James B.
Architectural style Modern Movement
MPS Historic Resources of Segregation in Columbia, South Carolina, 1880-1960 and Equalization Schools in South Carolina, 1951-1960
NRHP Reference # 09000819[1]
Added to NRHP October 7, 2009

Florence C. Benson Elementary School, also known as Wheeler Hill School and the Benson Building, is a historic school building for African-American students located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built in 1953–1955 in Wheeler Hill, a segregated African-American neighborhood, as an "equalization school." The one-story, three-finger plan school, is built of concrete block with a red brick veneer and reflects influences of the Modern and International styles. The school housed 18 classrooms. The school closed in 1975.[2][3]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Rebekah Dobrasko and Louis Venters (August 2009). "Florence C. Benson Elementary School" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  3. ^ "Florence C. Benson Elementary School, Richland County (226 Bull St., Columbia )". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2014-01-07.