The University of South Carolina has entertained many proposals to dramatically change the physical plant over the past two centuries. Indeed, had some of the following changes been adopted, the University's campus would look very different.
Proposed Terraces circa 1840
The University of South Carolina could have had a very different look had some landscaping and building design proposals been accepted. This plan, circa 1840, proposed installing terraces on the Horseshoe.
Proposed Landscape Plan 1927
This 1927 landscape plan would have given the Horseshoe a different look had it been implemented, with a plaza and reflecting pool on the current site of McKissick Museum. Additional tennis courts and academic buildings were proposed for the site Wardlaw College currently occupies, and the women's quad would have had a different formation.
Russell House and Callcott College
In the 1950s the University shifted to modern architectural designs, with the construction of the Russell House and Callcott College. The Board of Trustees was divided over whether to adopt the modern style, and chastised by an architectural consultant for not moving with the times. The original 1953 design proposals for Russell House and Callcott College, which is home to the School of Business, exhibit marked contrasts to what was actually built. After several decades of concrete and glass, the University has moved back to a more traditional architectural style, as seen in the new Arnold School of Public Health building.
Proposed Library Expansion
In 1969 the University desperately needed additional library space. It was proposed that a massive addition be constructed behind McKissick Library, which was then served as the graduate library. Instead, a large, partially underground addition was connected to the rear of the undergraduate library. Its completion in 1976 made it the University's main library building (Thomas Cooper Library); McKissick Library was converted into a museum.
Proposed Arts Complex
This proposal for an arts complex was killed by financial troubles during the recession in the 1970s. The block with the auditorium and theatre is now the location of the National Advocacy Center.
Swearingen Engineering Center
The original design proposal for Swearingen Engineering Center differs dramatically from the final design.