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Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater)

 
 
Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater) Marker - Seating image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
1. Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater) Marker - Seating
Inscription.
Seating
Presented to
Clemson A&M College
by
Class 1940
in Cooperation with
Works Projects Administration
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Class Officers
J.M. Stallworth, President
A.D. Graham, Vice President
A.C. Commander, Secretary
E. Mazo, Historian
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David J. Watson, Chm. Bldg. Committee
H.E. Glenn, Engineer

Outdoor Theater
Erected 1940
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Presented to
Clemson A&M College
by
Class 1915
in Cooperation with
Works Projects Administration
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Class Officers
W.J. Hunter, President
David J. Watson, 1st Vice President
E.H. Pate, 2nd Vice President
P.C. Crayton, Sec-Treasurer
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David J. Watson, Chm. Bldg. Committee
Leon LeGrand, Architect
H.E. Glenn, Engineer

 
Erected 1940 by Class of 1915 and Class of 1940.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 34° 40.667′ N, 82° 50.167′ W. Marker is in Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker can be reached from Calhoun Drive. Touch for map. "Seating"
Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater) Marker - Outdoor Theater image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
2. Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater) Marker - Outdoor Theater
marker located on the east side of the state; "Outdoor Theater" on the west side. Marker is in this post office area: Clemson SC 29631, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Woman Graduate (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walter T. Cox, Jr. (about 600 feet away); The Old Tillman Hall Bell (about 600 feet away); Class of 1943 Veterans (about 600 feet away); Quercus lyrata (Overcup Oak) (about 700 feet away); Clemson College World War I Memorial (about 700 feet away); Thomas Green Clemson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Integration with Dignity, 1963 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the First Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clemson.
 
Also see . . .
1. Clemson University. Official website of Clemson University. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Clemson University Historic District #2. Clemson University Historic District II includes seven historic resources (three academic buildings, a residence and associated office, and an outdoor theater) located on the Clemson University
Quote by Sidney Lanier Above the Outdoor Theater Stage image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
3. Quote by Sidney Lanier Above the Outdoor Theater Stage
Campus. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater). Dedication reads: "Presented to Clemson A&M College by Class 1915" in cooperation with Work Projects Administration. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Sidney Lanier. Sidney Lanier (February 3, 1842 – September 7, 1881) was an American musician and poet. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Works Progress Administration. The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 to the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest New Deal agency, employing millions of people and affecting almost every locality in the United States, especially rural and western mountain populations. (Submitted on July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. About the Clemson Amphitheater
The Outdoor Theater was built in a natural depression behind Hardin Hall, near the center of the campus. The stage of the theater was constructed in a semi-circle that is 83 feet across and 53 feet deep. These are attached to large concrete lanterns with cast iron finials. The structure was designed by Leon LeGrand, the first graduate of Clemson's architectural
Seating from Outdoor Theater Stage image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
4. Seating from Outdoor Theater Stage
program. These stylized lanterns are typical of the Art Deco style. The rear of the stage is bounded by a wall, approximately seven feet high, surmounted by a semi-circular colonnade. The stage floor has a sunburst pattern of gray, red, and beige marble tile incorporating a large "1915." Tiered concrete slabs following the natural curve of a hillside seat approximately 400 spectators and replace the original wooden benches.

The Outdoor Theater, also known as the Amphitheater or the Bandstand, was constructed in 1940 as a gift to Clemson College from the Class of 1915 for its twenty-fifth reunion. Built in a natural depression behind Hardin Hall and near the center of the campus, the theater cost $10,000. Leon LeGrand, a member of the Class of 1915 and the first graduate of Clemson's architecture program, designed the theater. David Watson, another member of the class and supervisor of grounds at Clemson in 1940, selected the site. The structure was designed with stylized Art Deco detailing. By 1977 the theater had deteriorated to the extent that the university administration considered its demolition and replacement with a new theater, but protests from Clemson students and alumni led to its renovation. The original wooden seats were removed and replaced with concrete stairs. Originally used for graduation exercises, the Outdoor Theater is still one of the most popular
Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
5. Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater)
gathering places on the Clemson campus; concerts, theater productions, pep rallies, and classes continue to be held there. (Source: National Register nomination form.)
    — Submitted July 5, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
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By Brian Scott, May 29, 2009
6. Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater)
 
 
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