Gray Court in Laurens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gray Court Owings Consolidated High School
Dials, New Harmony
Gary Court, Riddles Old Field
Dedicated to our children
Kate V. Wofford, County Supt. of Education
C.B. Owings, R.L.Gray, T.H. Babb
Board of Trustees
Location. 34° 37.15′ N, 82° 7.368′ W. Marker is in Gray Court, South Carolina, in Laurens County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 14. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9210 South Carolina 14, Gray Court SC 29645, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Laurens County Training School (approx. one mile away); Francis Rapley Owings House / Owings (approx. one mile away); Dials Methodist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Young’s School (approx. 5.1 miles away); Charles G. Garrett Interchange (approx. 6.2 miles away); Cherokee Boundary (1767) (approx. 6.3 miles away); Tullyton (approx. 6.3 miles away); Fountain Inn Rosenwald School Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (approx. 6.8 miles away); Mrs. Emmie Fulmer (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gray Court.
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1. Gray Court-Owings School. The Gray Court-Owings School is significant as an excellent and largely intact example of Colonial Revival style school architecture in the upstate and for its association with the growth and development in education in northern Laurens County in the first half of the twentieth century. (Submitted on June 12, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Colonial Revival Architecture. The Colonial Revival (also Georgian Revival or Neo-Georgian) was a nationalistic architectural style, garden design, and interior design movement in the United States which sought to revive elements of Georgian architecture, part of a broader Colonial Revival Movement in the arts. (Submitted on June 13, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Gray Court-Owings School
Gray Court-Owings School, on S.C. Highway 14 in the northern Laurens County town of Gray Court, is a two-story central brick
The building is accessed by a monumental stair with flanking wide cast stone-capped cheek walls. Its central entrance is modified but set within a historic segmented arched bay. Except for those on the basement level, all windows, arranged in narrow pairs within the portico, in triple arrangement to either side of the portico, and quadruple arrangement on the side elevations, were replaced by 1950 with architectural glass block and a small lower operable sash.
The one-story high school pavilion to the north has a central entrance
To the south of the main building is the one-story auditorium pavilion, the facade of which differs only slightly in that it has a double entrance with multi-light transoms and a tetrastyle portico with a slightly different intercolumniation. The building has a truncated hipped roof clad with standing seam metal. The side elevations differ in that they feature full-arched window openings with keystones, sixteen-over-sixteen light, double-hung sash and multi-light compass-headed transoms. At least one of these windows has been modified with an additional double-leaf entrance.
In the 1930s a one-story frame potato house with a single-leaf entrance on the gable end, high, shuttered windows along the side elevations, and a roof with knee brackets and multiple roof ventilators was built to help Laurens County framers preserve their crops. This building contributes to the historic and architectural character of the property.
The Gray Court-Owings School, built in 1914 and expanded in 1928, is significant under Criterion C as an excellent and largely intact example of Colonial Revival style school architecture from early twentieth century upstate South Carolina. It is also significant for its association with the growth and development of education in northern Laurens County in the first half of the twentieth century.
Gray Court-Owings School was founded in 1902 on this site; the first school building was a small frame structure. The school included the first through ninth graded until 1921, with it was added the tenth grade. In 1914 the current two-story brick building was constructed in the Renaissance Revival style. In 1928 a two-story monumental Tuscan order portico was added to the 1914 building. That same year a high school building was built on the site just north of the 1914 central block; it included the eleventh grade and added the twelfth grade in 1949. The auditorium just south on the 1914 school was constructed at the same time. It was probably about 1949 that changed were made to the windows in the main building; however,
The potato house was built during the 1930s in an effort to assist Laurens County farmers during the agricultural depression that proceeded and continued during the Great Depression. Professor S.C. Gambrell, who came to the Gray Court-Owings School in 1918, remained there for forty-five years, until 1962. Gambrell taught several classes, including agriculture and animal husbandry, and also served as superintendent of the school; his work included taking Gray Court-Owings students into rural Laurens County to plant muscadine and other grape vines, pecan, peach, and apple trees, and to undertake other work for county farmers. (Source: National Register Nomination Form.)
— Submitted June 12, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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