May 8, 2015 Greenville Journal

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Building for the future

Architecture students’ semester-long project creates designs for SCCT’s new home CINDY LANDRUM | STAFF

clandrum@communityjournals.com When Debbie Bell looks at the Cureton property next to the South Carolina Children’s Theatre headquarters on Augusta Street, she sees more than open land – she sees possibilities and a future campus where productions can be staged and students of all ages will learn. That includes some fourth-year Clemson University architecture students. During a semester-long collaboration be-

tween SCCT and Clemson, 34 architecture students came up with potential designs for the theater’s new space, giving some realworld flavor to a class assignment. “They are really affected by program constraints, site constraints and having a client,” said Bill Pelham, a Clemson grad and Greenville architect with a penchant for theater who helped jury the six designs chosen as finalists. “Having a client gives the students another level of information and allows them to focus on solving the problem.” A 1900s-era Victorian house once occupied the property, but Josephine Cureton, the last surviving member of the prominent Greenville family that owned it, specified in her will that the structure be demolished and the land leased to the Children’s Theatre

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