York County’s McCelvey Center named an historic place

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — York County officially has a new historic place.

The Culture & Heritage Museums announced this week that the McCelvey Center on East Jefferson Street is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is registered under its historic name, “York Graded School.”

The former grade school was built in two major building campaigns in 1902 and 1922, with large renovations taking place in 1956. The building’s current west wing was built in 1902 as a stand-alone building on the stone foundations of an 1853 building that burned in 1900.

“The National Register of Historic Places listing is important because it recognizes the McCelvey building as a significant historic resource in our community, and also because it creates a thorough record of the building’s history and architecture,” said Sara Johnson, preservation and restoration specialist for Culture & Heritage Museums.

A lot of the building’s preserved features give it a historic feel. The building has undergone a plethora of name changes over the years. 1987 was the last year the building served as a public school. It now serves as a event center.

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