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  • Boudreaux architects worked with black communities to bring Booker T Washington Auditorium back to life.
  • Boudreaux architects worked with the University of South Carolina to renovate and improve Booker T Washington High School.
  • Boudreaux designers are experts in historic preservation, our team found the stories to pay homage to black history.
  • Boudreaux designed the Booker T Washington Auditorium renovation focused on African American history.
  • Boudreaux in Columbia, SC worked closely with black neighborhoods to design the new Booker T Washington Auditorium.
  • Columbia, SC architects Boudreaux worked with the African American neighborhood to respectfully design the Booker T Washington Auditorium for USC.

University of South Carolina Booker T. Washington Auditorium Renovation & Addition | Columbia, SC

The rejuvenated auditorium building is all that remains of the historic Columbia African-American high school and community center, Booker T. Washington, owned by the University of South Carolina since 1974. Our team has provided a vital large academic space while creating opportunities to honor and recognize the rich history school. The renovation focused on the approximately 450-seat auditorium and added air conditioning, updated lighting and seating, improved acoustics and provided handicapped accessibility. To improve the life safety aspects of the building, a fire suppression and fire alarm system were incorporated into the auditorium wing.

Renewing the character of the exterior both literally and symbolically, layers of paint were stripped to expose the classic red brick of the original structure and a street side entry addition gives a new presence. The character of the addition recalls the historic character that was lost from the campus when the high school’s other buildings were demolished. Exhibits also designed by our team enhance the public spaces by telling the story of the school and its history.

2014 Preservation/Restoration and New Construction in a Historic Context Award