'Planning and dreaming': Rosenwald school restoration moving along

A giant shed has been constructed around the dilapidated Rosenwald school in St. George to dry out the roof as part of a restoration project at the site.

Progress is being made on the restoration of the historic Rosenwald School in St. George.

The building, which was originally built in 1925, was purchased by the Town of St. George in 2014. At the time of purchase, the building was deteriorating and the city built a pole barn around the building to prevent further damage and allow for it to dry.

The restoration began in April and is being led by architect Glenn Keyes. The contract for the restoration was awarded to Treat and Woodman Company of Summerville.

The school will now serve as a community center, an educational venue, a museum, and tourist destination.

The Rosenwald School Alumni Association, Sen. John Matthews, D-Orangeburg, and former State Rep. Patsy Knight, who represented St. George, have played important roles in the restoration. As well as the S.C. Department of Archives and History, the National Trust, Heritage Corridor, Dorchester County, Volvo, and other private donors.

The Town of St. George will be holding a nail driving ceremony on Wednesday at 205 Ann Street.