Withers Building

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Withers Building
Winthrop College, Withers Building, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill (York County, South Carolina).jpg
Withers Building in 1986
Withers Building is located in South Carolina
Withers Building
Location Rock Hill, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°50′28″N 81°1′42″W / 34.84111°N 81.02833°W / 34.84111; -81.02833Coordinates: 34°50′28″N 81°1′42″W / 34.84111°N 81.02833°W / 34.84111; -81.02833
Built 1891, 1912–1913
Architect 1891, unknown; 1912–1916, William Augustus Edwards of Edwards & Sayward
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body State
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP August 20, 1981

The Withers Building, also known as the Winthrop Training School or W.T.S., is an historic building complex located at 611 Myrtle Drive on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.[2][3] The complex consists of three parts: the old Presbyterian High School, the Main Classroom - Office Building and the new Gymnasium.

The old two-story Presbyterian High School was built in 1891 and bought in 1910 by the state for what was then Winthrop College: The South Carolina College for Women to be used as its teacher training school.

The three story E-shaped plan Main Classroom - Office Building with a central four-story tower was built in 1912–1913 and designed in the redbrick Gothic Revival style by the noted Atlanta-based architect William Augustus Edwards of the firm of Edwards and Sayward. This is the most architecturally significant part of the complex.

The new Gymnasium building was built in 1952 and designed by G. Thomas Harmon of Columbia to replace the old gymnasium which had been on the fourth floor of the tower.

In 1960 the Winthrop Training School was named the Withers Building to honor Sarah Withers a graduate of the college and a former principal of the school.

On August 20, 1981, the Withers Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Zagaroli, Pam; John Wells; Suzanne Pickens; Robert E. Dalton (November 8, 1969). "Withers Building" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Withers Building, York County (Winthrop University, Rock Hill)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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