The History Museum of Upcountry South Carolina|
200 E. Broad Street, #300, Greenville, SC 29601
THE HARPER CORPORATION
35 West Court Street, #400, Greenville, SC 29601
Greenville, South Carolina
Total Square Feet: 43,120
Construction Period: July 2001 to Oct 2002
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Michael M. Simpson and Associates, Inc. - 213 East Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29601
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Burdette Engineering - 102 Pilgrim Road, Greenville, SC 29607
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Delta Engineering, Inc. - P.O. Box 8354, Greenville, SC 29604
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: McLeod Landscape Architects, LLC - 22 West Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601
COST ESTIMATOR: The Harper Corporation - 35 West Court Street, #400, Greenville, SC 29601
The History Museum of Upcountry South Carolina creates another exciting building for the expanded Heritage Green cultural complex in Greenville, South Carolina. The facility is built to tell the story of the region's past from pioneer beginnings to "Textile Capital of the World", to its current internationally-influenced manufacturing and business communities.
The museum, evoking both a modern and historical appearance, was built by the 3rd generation family owned Harper Corporation and designed by architect Earle Hungerford of Pazdan-Smith Group. The project was over 10 years in planning by the owners, "Historic Greenville Foundation", a local group of citizens committed to preserving the region's unique history. It is situated on a 1.2 acre site in downtown Greenville, formerly a 1930s Coca-Cola bottling plant site. The museum is part of a new master-planned city block sharing a "campus" green with a newly built county library and a renovated portion of the Coca-Cola headhouse that will eventually become a remote art museum. A large team of dedicated talented professionals, generous patrons, government agencies and community visionaries worked years to make the museum an icon for the community.
The corner site generated a three-story scheme utilizing a full basement, two levels of exhibit space, parking and landscaped green space. Designed to attract tourists passing through the area on adjacent Interstate 85, as well as local residents and school children; the museum uses a tall tower reminiscent of a turn-ofthe- century mill or college campus to signal its presence in town.
One of the museum's distinctions will be its interactive dynamic exhibits planned by Chris Chadbourne and Associates from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Finely detailed architectural replicas of historical building facades such as the "fireproof" records building and courthouse by early American architect Robert Mills will signify different periods in time. Large graphics and audio tracks will be illuminated or activated as one moves through the museum. Interactive computers will allow museum-goers to visit regional towns, search family trees, and listen to oral histories of colorful characters from the past. A theater will showcase scheduled films, speakers and seminars.
The form of the building reflects two brick exhibit halls with vaulted standing seam roofs. These exhibit halls are broken apart to form the entry and are shifted based on a curving side of the site. The vaulting roofs are a recollection of the old "Textile Hall" building formerly located down the street from the museum, which was previously demolished.
The steel frame brick veneer museum was designed for a grand scale. The floor to floor heights are 18 feet. The tower is 85 feet. The entrances have overscaled doors and transoms, and some of the ceilings are 30-feet tall. The skin is a slightly textured brick meant to recall older building but crisp enough to showcase the corbelling, recesses and patterns that add character. Inside, the steel frame is exposed to recall the industrial mill building atmosphere that the community was founded on. The tall brick tower is exposed inside the museum and seen as one moves about the museum spaces. John Harper, Project Manager for construction, used his "inhouse" masons for the intricate detailing and masonry work.
The new History Museum of Upcountry South Carolina brings a great educational and entertainment landmark to the Piedmont area, showcasing not only the colorful past but the optimistic successes ahead. The new building reflects this, and the team of owners, designers, and builders have achieved a memorable museum for future generations. which plan?
DIV 04: Brick: Hanson Brick.
DIV 07: Manufactured Roofing: AEP-Span, A Division of ASC Profiles, Inc.; Composite Panels: Alcan.
DIV 08: Aluminum Storefront: YKK America.
DIV 09: Metal Framing: Dietrich; Gypsum: United States Gypsum; VCT: Armstrong; Carpet: Milliken.
DIV 10: Bells: Elderhorst Bells, Inc.