Aiken County Register (Newspaper) - February 22, 1984, Aiken, South Carolina
Volume I -- Number 14
Aiken, S. C, Wednesday, February 22, 1984
25’ Per Copy
In Fall, 1984
iUSC-A To Offer
r Live Wire
By WES WHISENANT
Palmetto Development Partnership of Columbia is beginning a $2 million housing project for students of the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
James P. Craig, managing partner of Palmetto Development Partnership, said the complex will be located adjacent to the southwest corner of the campus on land leased to Palmetto by the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education. The housing is scheduled to be ready by the fall 1984 semester.
Dr. Robert Alexander, chancellor at USC-A, stressed that no public money will be involved in the project. All funds to build, maintain, and operate the housing will
All Saints Church Entrance‘Lych Gates’ Make Fitting Memorial
By DORIS PERMAR
AIKEN - An architectural gem more familiar in English churchyards is looking very much at home in Aiken.
The Gothic jewel is a “lych gate” built on the grounds of All Saints Anglican Church in memory of Catherine Morgan Ar-buthnott, a charter member.
“Lych gates have been used in England for hundreds of years,” said Nancy Wilds, who designed the one at AU Saints. “They were also called ‘resurrection gates’ in reference to their use in funerals.
“Funeral services used to begin at the gate, then go into the church,” she explain
ed. “Marriage banns were also published there by nailing them on a post.
“Catherine had lived in England,” Nancy continued, “and often spoke of such a gathering place for our church here. As her health failed, she searched English country magazines for pictures of a lych gate.”
The two women were close friends for 35 years. The night before Catherine died, she reminded Nancy --“Don’t forget the lych gate.” No one forgot.
Nancy based her design on her own memory of lych gates in England and also on one she happened to see at King of Prussia, Pa. “I nearly had a wreck getting off
the road to study it,” she added.
Michael DoweU, who had known Catherine, returned from Charlotte to build it with the help of Mort Collins. “It was a major undertaking,” Nancy advised.
Other friends, Tim and Patty Plexico and AUan and Darlene Smith, laid the brick walkway and edged it with dozens of liriope plants from Catherine’s garden. Scott and Anna Lacher contributed slate for the roof and Ernest Boatwright of Ridge Spring made the wooden sign.
Carved wood tracery decorates both sides of the open shelter. The brick base matches the main weU of the
grounds and supports a wrought iron gate. Two brass lamps and two benches complete the fur
A brass plaque wiU soon
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Nancy Wilds Open* The Traditional “Lych Gate." (Photo by Doris Permar)
Q. I notice my subscription copy of The Register arrives here seven-eight days after printing and publication, and wonder if there is something that can be done to speed its journey through the mails? This is my second letter regarding this matter. E.S.R., Sylvania, Ga.
A. We checked with Aiken Postmaster Ferrell Rodgers and he assured us he is looking into the matter. He explained, “After the paper, addressed to out of state subscribers, leaves Aiken it goes to Augusta and then
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chitectural Group, the Robert D. Hendrix Construction Company, and James P. Craig, all of Columbia. Management will be handled by the Horton Company, also of Columbia. C&S National Bank of Aiken will be financing the project.
Plans call for Palmetto to construct 60 units accommodating up to 240 students, said Craig. Each four-person unit will include two baths, two bedrooms, and a full kitchen. Residents will also have for their use basketball and volleyball
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come from private sources.
Palmetto Development Partnership will be the developers and owners of the project. The partnership consists of the Columbia Ar-
USC-A Student Housing.