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Published on January 14th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Historic Columbia Offers Plaster Preservation Workshop at Allen University

COLUMBIA, S.C—Historic Columbia, in partnership with Allen University and GMK Associates, Inc., is offering a plaster workshop at Allen’s historic Chappelle Auditorium on Saturday, January 30, from 9:30 to noon.

The program begins with a tour of the Chappelle Auditorium and continues with a discussion of the building construction and materials of the auditorium by HC staff and the architect. A discussion and demonstration of plaster—its use, construction, and repair methods will be offered by Lauren Dillon of Master of Plaster and Kirk Dillon of Dillon Construction Services. The workshop concludes with a Q&A session.

“Plaster is a crucial element to maintaining a structure’s historical integrity,” says Lauren Dillon. “The work being completed at Chappelle Auditorium highlights the intricacies of not only restoring these materials back to their original beauty and grace, but also how to bring a historic building up to modern day codes while maintaining authenticity. We are excited to offer this hands on opportunity for people to discover the greater intricacies of plaster in such a unique historic setting.”

Allen University, founded in 1881, four years after the University of South Carolina closed its doors to African Americans, was one of the first private black schools founded and operated by blacks in South Carolina.

Chappelle Auditorium, completed in 1925, is one of only five buildings in Columbia designated as a National Historic Landmark. The auditorium was an important site during the Civil Rights Movement and has hosted famous speakers and leaders such as Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, and Mary McLeod Bethune. A major renovation is currently underway to preserve the historic building.

The workshop is $5 for HC members and $10 for non-members. Coffee and light refreshments included. Allen University’s Chappelle Auditorium is located at 1530 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204.

For questions, contact Sean Stucker at

Register online at or email

About Historic Columbia Foundation:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.



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