Central to activities at Winthrop University is
Tillman Hall, formerly called Main Building. Over the years it has housed
offices, classrooms, a swimming pool, museum, art gallery, the library, and a
gymnasium, among others. After Tillman Science Building was razed in 1962, Main
Building was renamed Tillman Administration Hall in honor of Benjamin R.
Tillman, South Carolina governor, U.S. senator, and the driving force behind
state support for Winthrop. Tillman was keynote speaker in 1894 at the laying of
the building's cornerstone, which records the "Winthrop Normal and Industrial
School of South Carolina" designation. Tillman was constructed with convict
labor. Remnants of prisoners' stocks remain in the basement. Placed on the
National Register of Historic Places in 1977, Tillman is an excellent example of
the Romanesque architecture popular in the 1890s.
- "Normal and Industrial School" inscription on
- Prisoner's stocks in basement
of Ben Tillman"
- Unique, historic lobby
- Picturesque fountain
- Artesian well