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Lancaster County Council of the Arts

The Springs House

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The Lancaster County Council of the Arts (LCCA) was founded on May 12, 1977 by Nancy Howell and officed in her home. The LCCA started  TAP (Total Arts Program) to bring artists from all over the state into schools for residencies and community programs.  This later became Artists in Education program, as administered by the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC). 

Affilates under the LCCA umbrella included Community Playhouse of Lancaster, Lancaster Chamber Choir, Lancaster Arts League, Lancaster Music Study Club, Lancaster Black History Commission, and others. Grants written and administered by the LCCA have been responsible for many community programs and projects including The Carolina Legends Festival, Arts Are Popping Festival, Arts Beyond Arts Therapy Program, Gallery Exhibits, etc. LCCA is now housed in the Springs House.

 

The Springs House is an impressive two-story, frame residence in downtown Lancaster that was converted to municipal use as a city hall in 1957. An original section of the building was constructed around 1820-30. The house was greatly enlarged in the mid-1850s and it took its present appearance in a ca. 1906-07 remodeling. The original owner and builder are not known. The owner during the 1850s renovations was Samuel Buckner Massey. The ca. 1906-07 remodeling, which the buildings integrity derives from, occurred under the ownership of Colonel Leroy Springs, who secured James M. McMichael, an architect from Charlotte, North Carolina, to plan the changes and additions. The façade features a two-tiered pedimented portico defined by fluted columns with Doric-influenced capitals. The pediment contains a semi-elliptical window with tracery. There is a two-story, flat roof porch addition at the rear. The main interior feature is an entrance stair in a two-story foyer. Leroy Springs played a major role in the industrial development of Lancaster and the surrounding area. The Leroy Springs House represents a significant part of Lancaster’s past, and in this single building, the development of the town is reflected. The house contains structural evidence of a plain house of the early nineteenth century as well as the early twentieth century attempt of a successful industrialist to express his wealth and power through his residence. Many people believe that the town of Lancaster owes its character and economic status largely to Leroy Springs and his vision for the southern textile industry. Listed in the National Register March 20, 1986.