African-American Architect: Miller F. Whittaker

Property: Hodge Hall, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg 

Historic Content 

Hodge Hall was built in 1928 for the Agriculture and Home Economics Department at South Carolina State College. It is a Palladian design by architect Miller F. Whittaker, the director of the college's Mechanical Arts Department. The design and supervision of the building's construction were requirements for Whittaker's Master of Science Degree from Kansas Agricultural College. Whittaker was one of South Carolina's first professionally trained African American architects. His expression of sound architectural principles at Hodge Hall demonstrates his expertise. South Carolina State College students helped construct the two-story brick building. 

Student Learning Objectives: 

1. Student will be able to draw a house and building with landscape. 

2. Student will be able to use elements of design to drawings. 

3. Student will be able to define architecture. 

4. Student will be able to identify and discuss major social and historical events that happened during Miller F. Whittaker's lifetime. 


Winston A. Wingo
Organization Affiliation
South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation & Carver Middle School, Spartanburg District 7
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