St. Thaddeus Church

Historic Property
Alternate Name:
St. Thaddeus Church
Street Address:
125 Pendleton St. SW, Aiken, SC (Aiken County)

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Date Surveyed:
October 29 2009
Construction Date:
circa 1842
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Architect or Builder:
Albert Simons - 1926
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Foundation Materials:
Not Visible
National Register Determination:
Signficant Architectural Features:
Stucco exterior; three-bay façade features a pedimented Doric portico; central, double-door entrance w/transom and shelf architrave & is flanked by secondary entrances with transoms and similar architraves; gable roof surmounted by a one-stage, inset steeple with spire and cross; contributing elements include: the Church; cemetery; chapel; School complex; 1920 c residence.. Prev. SHPO No. 821
Side additions, stucco, steeple - 1926; School constructed 1960 c; Enlargement of school to include 1920 c house - Later 20th C
Historical Information:
Although St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church has been important in the history of the town of Aiken since its construction ca. 1842, it is also important for its association with the Aiken Winter Colony. Many of the Winter Colonists belonged to the congregation of St. Thaddeus and contributed generously to its “restoration” in 1926. The changes made to St. Thaddeus reflect the wealth and sophistication of its congregation during the Winter Colony era and illustrate the impact of the Winter Colony community. The church was extensively remodeled in 1926 according to the design of Albert Simons of Charleston. Originally a simple frame, weatherboarded building, St. Thaddeus is now stuccoed and has Greek Revival proportions. The three-bay façade features a pedimented Doric portico that shelters the central, double-door entrance. The entrance features a transom and shelf architrave and is flanked by secondary entrances with transoms and similar architraves. The church has a gable roof surmounted by a one-stage, inset steeple with spire and cross. The nominated property includes the church cemetery. Listed in the National Register November 27, 1984.
Source of Historical Information:
“St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church” [Online]; available from; Internet. Accessed April 26, 2010.
City of Aiken Historic Resources Survey, Aiken County, South Carolina. May 2010
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Aiken County