Central High School

304 Church St., Central, South Carolina

Historic school building, now utilized as loft apartments


Old Central High School

Photo taken by Michael Miller in September 2016



Street View 


The Central High School is a good example of a small town, educational building rendered in the Classical Revival style. This school is significant for its role in the educational development of Pickens County and is one of the larger edifices in the community. It is also the work of a prominent architect, Christopher Gadsden Sayre, who designed many school buildings in South and North Carolina. The original portion of the building, built in 1908, is a rectangular masonry block two stories in height designed in a classical revival motif with a monumental portico dominating the fašade. Matching materials decorative elements were used in the ca. 1925 addition, which increased the number of classrooms from six to ten. The entire building is brick and rests on a brick foundation. The brick is laid in running bond with a projecting header row every fifth course. The arched entry is recessed behind a brick arch with double entry doors featuring sidelights and transoms that match the second story window transoms. The hipped standing seam metal roof is surmounted by a cupola with lunette vents. The later addition takes advantage of the sloping site to incorporate a full basement below the water table. Listed in the National Register May 20, 1994. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1994
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Education
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current functions
School; Civic; Government office
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1908; 1925

Update Log 

  • September 21, 2016: New photo from Michael Miller
  • November 10, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview", Updated "GPS Coordinates"