Aiken County Hospital

National Register Listing
Street Address:
828 Richland Ave. West, Aiken, SC (Aiken County)

NRHP Nomination

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Description and Narrative:
The Aiken County Hospital is listed for significance in the areas of Health/Medicine and Politics/Government in Depression-era Aiken and in Architecture as a representative example of the Colonial Revival style. Constructed in 1936 with Public Works Administration (PWA) funding, with a large rear addition built in 1950 and a separate Nurses’ Home added in 1941, the buildings exemplify architect Willis Irvin’s mastery of the Colonial Revival style and the county government’s desire to maintain an image of the “Old South” while showing fiscal restraint during the Great Depression. Following years of fundraising and attempts to build a hospital for Aiken, the present structure was realized in 1936 with the assistance of Works Progress Administration and Duke Endowment funds, replacing an older frame building on the site. The buildings represent advances in Aiken-area healthcare as well as its growth from a winter resort to a thriving municipality. The period of significance begins with the construction of the hospital in 1936 and ends with the completion of the Tarrant Wing addition in 1950. Listed in the National Register, September 13, 2021.
Period of Significance:
1936 – 1950
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National Register Determination:
Date of Certification:
September 13 2021

Related places
Aiken County