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Image Approximate Date

1890s, circa.

Creation Date



W427.2-1 - Little Chapel


In 1823, the Little Chapel was built as a stable/carriage house in 1823 on the grounds of Ainsley Hall mansion in downtown Columbia and was designed by Robert Mills. The stable/carriage house was then converted to a chapel by the Columbia Theological Seminary when the property was purchased by the Presbyterian Synod of South Carolina in 1930. The Little Chapel would later serve as Winthrop's first classroom for the 1886-1887 inaugural academic year. In 1936, the Little Chapel was moved brick-by-brick to Winthrop campus in Rock Hill, SC.

This image is of the Little Chapel from the 1890s when the Chapel was still in Columbia, SC.

Collection Location

Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Name

University Archives


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Chronologies and Timelines

A Winthrop University Chronology (1823 - present)