TRUE-TO- YOUR- SCHOOL COLORS
There's Something In It
For the Less-than-hlstoric
j ohn Sprunt Hill (class of 1889) built The Carolina Inn in 1924 and gave it
to Carolina 11 years later. His son,
George Watts Hill Sr. ' 22, who had
some frustrated architect in him, took
issue with the paint trim.
Just after he gave the lead gift for
the alumni center, Hill pOinted to the
inn's white trim and said, "I'm going to
pay to have it repainted.· You don't
paint the trim on brick buildings white,
he said - you match the mortar color.
HIli didn't live to see the alumni cen-
ter open in 1993, but GAA President
Doug Dibbert ' 70 became a faithful
keeper of Hill's edict. He spread the
word. The late Chancellor Michael
Hooker ' 69 made it an official directive.
The mortar match is designed to
add warmth. If you're on campus, look
at Dey Hall in Polk Place, still trimmed
in white; then look at the other
Georgian Revival buildings nearby,
where the trim is painted to match the
creamy yellow hue of the mortar.
Officially the color Is Sawyer's Fence
by Duron. It's named for Tom.
Bynum, Caldwell, Carr and Howell, dat-
ing from between 1900 and 1912,have
been redressed in their original colors. Three
others as old as those,Alumni, Hill, Mary
Ann Smith and Battle-Vance-Pettigrew, have
yet to be researched. Alumni Building has
been researched but not repainted yet.
For three of the four stucco buildings,
Kapp doesn't think "original" is the right
way to go. Playmakers (originally Smith
Hall) began life in 1851 as a library and
occasional ballroom. In 1925, the architec-
ture of its front, as well as its interior, was
altered significantly for its new role as a
theater. "Historic preservationists refer to
this as the period of significance," Kapp
said. Since Playmakers continues as a the-
ater, it is getting a 1925 paint job in the
current restoration - and there's not
enough of the original stucco left any-
where to make it possible to document the
original color, believed to be a cream color
intended to resemble limestone.
"What I try to do - and we're doing it
with Playmakers - is figure out how to
marry its historic significance with what I
have left [ofthe original structure]. There
are a lot ofpeople who would like to see it
back to A.J. Davis [the 1851 original], but
we don't have any of that building there."
New East and New West received less
prominent alterations early in the 20th
century, and Kapp recommended taking
them back to that point, also 1925. "The
original architecture was changed some
then. It didn't make sense to go back to the
1860s." He said the current colors are "very
close" to the original.
"As we started to take offthe Pepto Bis-
mol pinks of New West and New East, we
began to see the colors that relate to those
of South Building and Gerrard;' he said.
South and Gerrard will be left in their
tan washes, and Old East and Old West
probably will be returned to the same.
Gerrard will get its Hershey trim back, as
well as a brown portico restored to its
south side (it was torn offin 1900) that
could cause some double-takes. But the
administration building, clearly trimmed in
brown in 19th-century photos, will remain
a light color: All that is left of the original
structure of South is the brick exterior, and
the trim now is painted to match the lime-
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