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2019 SESAH Conference Tour Information

Saturday Study Tour

Town and Country: A Taste of Greenville’s Architecture

Whether just joining us for the morning (Study Tour A: 9 AM – 1 PM) or the entire day (Study Tour B: 9 AM – 5 PM), study tour attendees will get a taste of greater-Greenville’s rich architectural resources on Saturday, October 12th. Tour sites are still being finalized, but below are some confirmed sites and interesting links to wet your whistle!

Morning Tour: North Greenville County (9-1 PM)

We will begin our morning tour of Greenville County at Furman University, designed by Perry, Shaw and Heburn, Kehoe and Dean, in the 1950s. Our tour will focus on the Colonial Revival campus, the 19th-century plantation house moved to the site, and recent efforts by Furman’s Task Force on Slavery and Justice to interpret campus history. We will then jaunt to several nineteenth-century homesites including the Spring Park Inn, a circa 1820 I-house that was essential to the development of the recently hip Travelers Rest community. It will be peak leaf peeking season so be ready for some fall foilage!

Afternoon Tour: Greenville City (1- 5 PM)

Our afternoon tour of the city of Greenville will begin with an exclusive inside look at the 1929-30 Beth Israel Synagogue, recently adapted to a private residence. We will then embark to the Allen Temple AME Church, an African American church designed in the neo-Baroque/Beaux Arts flavor by Cuban-born architect Juan Benito Molina in 1927. Our afternoon will also dive into Greenville’s textile history with a visit to the enormous Judson Mill (begun in 1911 and expanded to include over 800,000+ square feet!); we’ll talk with the site’s developer about the exciting plans underway to transform the building using historic preservation tax credits. Other sites are pending, so stay tuned!

To sign-up for the tours, please visit the conference registration page. The cost of Study Tour A (morning only) is $40; the cost of Study Tour B (entire day) is $70. A boxed lunch is included on both tours (we’ll eat before 1 PM) and both leave from the conference hotel (Hyatt).

For further questions, please email Lydia Mattice Brandt at