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Oct 3, 2022, 4:26 PM

Sorry if Germans but haven't seen this on here. An article in the Seneca Journal on Saturday said that Johnstone Hall is going to be torn down next summer. I has the sad since I spent my 4 years at Clemson there. But the one of the bright spots is that 450 football parking spaces are going to be created there.

"With a clearer forecast coming into focus for a top-10 college football matchup tonight, one of Clemson University’s oldest buildings likely won’t be part of the picture a year from now.

Plans to demolish Johnstone Hall, which was built in 1954, remain in the early design stages, but the 'earliest work would begin would likely be next summer,' according to university spokesman Joe Galbraith.


Erected in the mid-1950s, Johnstone Hall is one of Clemson University’s oldest buildings. It is set to be demolished beginning as soon as next summer.
Caleb Gilbert | The Journal
Last October, school trustees signed off on spending $180,000 to design the demolition of Johnstone and the Union complex building — constructed in 1974 — with chief financial officer Rick Petillo saying at the time the latter was 'in poor condition.' Johnstone has been vacant in recent years, but has served as temporary housing, primarily when students needed to be quarantined with COVID-19.

Construction would likely last from July 2023 to June 2024, pending board approval, and last fall’s estimates registered the cost of the project at $12 million. In all, the project would return 132,500 square feet back to greenspace. Officials projected the school would save $1.6 million in annual utility maintenance and security costs in taking Johnston down alone. It would create 450 gameday parking spots and return about 6.7 acres of core campus to student outdoor recreational space, executive vice president of finance and operations Tony Wagner said in April 2021.

'This is a project that will allow us to move a lot of the facilities operations from that high-value core campus real estate,' Wagner said. 'You’ve got almost 7 acres of green space that we could create right in the core campus that would be very advantageous and close to Memorial Stadium.”

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It's time...***

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:35 PM

They've been planning it since the '90s. It's time, but still bittersweet.

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:33 PM

I'm sad that the Union is coming down. My office was there for several years--could see Death Valley from the window.

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Oct 3, 2022, 9:22 PM

I always bought my date,now my wife of 54 years, a corsage on the Loggia every
game day morning. Apparently it worked!

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:39 PM

Only that one section is still standing. The section I lived in (B) has been gone for over 20 years.

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:47 PM

Checks calendar…dang, it’s actually been 30 years. I can’t be that old already.

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I was one of the last to be in D4. Fall 90 and spring 91.

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:50 PM

Democonstruction started right after that.

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:34 PM

In 1969, lived in C-7 first semester and B-7 second semester. Pretty poor housing even back then, but, had a great time. Used to meet in the lounge. above the Loggia every day about 5 p.m. to watch Star Trek reruns. Good memories.

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Oct 3, 2022, 9:16 PM

C-820 for three years. Looked down at the Calhouns every night. I will miss the place…wait, mine was gone years ago. Dadgum.

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Oct 4, 2022, 7:06 AM

C-8 with a view of Fort Hill. I called the Anderson Goodwill one day to arrange delivery of a $10 couch and told the lady on the phone just to park in 'front of the big white mansion'. After I hung up the phone, I realized how privileged that must have sounded to a person working at Goodwill. I remember sunning on the ledge in April (5 stories up, no less) and no thought whatsoever about falling. Even took naps out there. Hard to believe how dumb I was back then...

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I didn't realize it was vacant...***

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:40 PM

Yep, I was in the cans for four years. Looked westward to the stadium. On a clear evening, a huge orange ball would light up my room and then descend below the mountains. Beautiful. Bittersweet indeed.

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Same. F-332 provided great views.

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:11 PM

Fall ‘84 - Spring ‘85.

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:41 PM

Four years in Johnstone Hall, yikes. Bless your little heart.

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:58 PM

Add to that meal tickets in Harcombe Commons. It was still 4 of the best years of my life.

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:42 PM

I can't believe I actually lived in that place.
The thin walls that you could hear everything several doors down.
The caved in walls at the end of the Annex.
The "whatever died" smell of the stairwells.
The showers and bathrooms.
Parking? Gotta be kidding.
The lacrosse player next door bouncing his ball non stop.
Stairway to Heaven playing non-stop.

The list can go on and on.

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Oct 3, 2022, 5:06 PM

Bottle rocket battles from the windows overlooking the Quad.
Assembling in the Quad for panty raids.
That smell of wacky tobacky coming down the hall.
Leaning a trash can full of water on your neighbor's door and then knocking.
Assembling a team and flushing all of the toilets when the RA was in the shower.
Heading down the back stairs wearing nothing but a hat and tennis shoes for the nightly Streak.

My sophomore roommate in B had 2 pet boas that he kept in a cage. He sold tickets on feeding day to pay for the mice. One day he came home from class to find one of them missing. We searched all over but never found him. A few months later he came crawling out of the "closet", starving and in search of food.

Good times, good times.

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Oct 3, 2022, 5:35 PM

Going in to someone's room through the window on the ledge when they were gone for the weekend and filling the room with balled up newspaper.

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Oct 3, 2022, 5:21 PM

I heard Alice Cooper, the Beach Boys, Conway Twitty, Cheech and Chong (Sister Mary Elephant), and just about every conversation next door. Sloppy Joes at the Commons. Air Hockey in the Student Union. And those huge doors that would separate different sections of Johnstone.

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:27 PM

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Marshall Tucker opened for Cheech and Chong in '73. Those opening bands were better than Tommy and Cheech.

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No doubt...they also opened for Chuck Berry in 71 or 72!***


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Oct 3, 2022, 6:03 PM


I can't believe I actually lived in that place.
The thin walls that you could hear everything several doors down.
The caved in walls at the end of the Annex.
The "whatever died" smell of the stairwells.
The showers and bathrooms.
Parking? Gotta be kidding.
The lacrosse player next door bouncing his ball non stop.
Stairway to Heaven playing non-stop.

The list can go on and on.


CORRECTION: The walls were so thin, you could a rat, that was 3 rooms down the hall, change his mind.

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:25 PM

You had to use one hand to hold up a torn curtain while taking a dump in the restroom.

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Oct 4, 2022, 7:10 AM

You had curtains?

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I wonder how much lead and asbestos is in there.

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Oct 3, 2022, 4:43 PM

I don't recall an abatement project but I don't always keep up.

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I wonder if there was any insulation in that place at all...***


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Is there any structural steel in the place?


Oct 3, 2022, 8:20 PM

How about sheetrock or plaster? Insulation isn't the only source of asbestos.

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Oct 4, 2022, 7:13 AM

The asbestos was in the ceiling (not good for people like me who 'put up' their beds and knocked some of it off every time we turned over) and the vinyl composition floor tile (and mastic). I believe it was removed back in the 90's, but not sure.

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I don't know about that, but at one time, I do know there

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Oct 3, 2022, 5:19 PM

were several dents in the metal wall at the end of old F4 where we had F4 Hall Bowling a time or two.

:)

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Oct 3, 2022, 5:03 PM

will always remember it

but it was a dump

Better times ahead

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Thank goodness. They’ve been an eyesore for decades.***


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Oct 4, 2022, 1:22 AM

I'm sure, I'm one of the only, if not the only, person to paint their room in Johnstone. Fall 1977, it was so horrible looking, took a knob downtown to match the paint and painted the entire room. LOL RA said he saw no problem as long as I painted it the same color. It was D4 something, don't remember the exact number.

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Oct 4, 2022, 6:59 AM

number, but it was on the street side. No AC, no phone...talk about luxury living! I remember when we moved in in mid-August, it must've been 100 degrees in the room!

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Oct 3, 2022, 5:11 PM

Bittersweet indeed! I lived in them for four years with no a/c. They were miserable in August. I don't wish that on today's students but it's sad to see one of the last parts of my campus on the chopping block.

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Oct 3, 2022, 5:12 PM

I think A Section is the only one left. 4 years on A7. 45 years ago, they were ALREADY past their prime. Bittersweet to lose them.

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I picked up The Tiger on Sat, it had a conflicting report…


Oct 3, 2022, 5:38 PM

…on what was going to happen to the high rises (Manning, Byrnes, Lever).

In the picture, it said the high rises would be demolished.

In the article, it was talking about renovation.

Anyone heard definitely?

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:18 PM

https://www.thetigercu.com/news/clemson-housing-and-dining-presents-future-architecture-plans/article_eba70aa0-3d45-11ed-bf85-9b833757b1d8.html


The high rises will be renovated

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:18 PM

https://www.thetigercu.com/news/campus/high-rises-to-see-major-renovations/article_acb926a4-943d-11ec-bc57-5bc2a05759f9.html


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Oct 3, 2022, 5:39 PM

I lived in 10 (shoe box,) new F, and D. D was a hot #### hole. The only way I could go to sleep was with a box fan in the window blowing across my body. Torturous place and impossible to study there. That was 1968.

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I was on D-5 in 1968


Oct 3, 2022, 9:11 PM

World Class Water Fights every weekend. We called it "The D-5 Ghetto."


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Oct 3, 2022, 5:50 PM

Spent four years there. D and F annex. If I knew then what I know now, I would be first on the list to do it all again! Many "challenges" to them and it wasn't Thornhill or nice like some other places but the great times there were second to none! Awesome memories.

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Hard to believe


Oct 3, 2022, 6:02 PM

that the Demo of what is left could create 6.7 acres of space.

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Sad.

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:14 PM

I hardly even recognize where I went to college anymore.

And I’m not THAT old.

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:20 PM

Sad to see but knew it had to come one day. Great memories C-3 especially spring days on the ledge and late night runs to Canteen. Progress.

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:21 PM

Can I get the security maintenance and utility contract on a building? I would not bid a dollar over 1.3 million a year. Enjoy the savings!

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:24 PM

Even though "new" A and F were named Johnstone hall, they were not really the "cans". different construction. spent 3 years in there.. B, D and F sections. great times.

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:36 PM

Agree. When I was in Annex, I think it even had brick walls!! High class.

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New A & F also had air, didn't they? I was in New A


Oct 4, 2022, 7:05 AM

my soph year, but I don't remember much about it...don't even remember the floor I was on!

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:36 PM

I spent 3 years on B-8. Where will all the cockroaches go?

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Oct 3, 2022, 6:38 PM

Those cockroaches were big enough to eat small children.

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Oct 3, 2022, 7:00 PM

They've been gone for a few years.

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Sometimes on D2 we didn't have hot water


Oct 3, 2022, 7:04 PM

Just steam. LOL. We had great steam saunas.

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Finally saying goodbye to the spitting bricks.***


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Oct 3, 2022, 7:06 PM

I'm sort of OK with the cans and the loggia coming down. But I'm still pizzed about the Clemson House going away. Inexcusable.

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Oct 3, 2022, 7:07 PM

Yes it was a great landmark in a great location.

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C-5 was King! 77-81

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Oct 3, 2022, 7:08 PM

Always.

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Oct 3, 2022, 8:17 PM

Before I moved to the Quad. Such a melting pot of people and always somebody playing Molly Hatchet, Journey, Led Zep or Bocephus

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Former Johnstone E resident. These things are so old...


Oct 3, 2022, 10:08 PM

that we used to see daylight between the sheet metal pieces on the outside of the dorm. The "skins" were separating from the concrete slabs to which they used to be attached. And this was in the mid-90's! Can't believe any of them still exist.

At the time, Johnstone D was vacant so we used to do some urban exploring back then and see what was left in that building. Fun times but a long time ago for me.

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Oct 3, 2022, 10:28 PM

I lived on A-8 in the tin cans for 1 year and the A-8 annex for 1 year. The rooms I lived in are still there as of now. Loved the gun racks with a curtain over them that were used as closets and the sink in the room. They were a dump 40 years ago in 1982. We did have air conditioning though. I can still hear the girl with the annoying voice and laugh on one side and the drunks on the other side 😂. No privacy with those thin walls but it was fun.

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Oct 3, 2022, 10:21 PM

And to think…it was only supposed to be temporary housing when built.

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Oct 3, 2022, 11:21 PM

A-6 for 3 semesters; F-Annex for 5 semesters.

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Oct 4, 2022, 12:38 AM

Was in C .We would watch George Michael Sports Center on Sunday nights .Great way to take your mind off the weekend ending.We would have a small group come by most nights during the week to watch Late Night With David Letterman on NBC .Loved ordering some of the greatest cheeseburgers I've had to my room when I stuck around on weekends. I want to say the name of the place was Brothers ?

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Oct 4, 2022, 12:44 AM

My bad. It's the George Michael Sports Machine we watched Sunday nights and I knew that .It's a bit late so please forgive .lol

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Oct 4, 2022, 8:44 AM

The cans have been a virtual ghost town for many years. History past long ago.

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Oct 4, 2022, 10:29 AM

Lived in Johnstone A-8 in 68-69. Everyone rushed back on Sunday night to watch Mission Impossible. Great times 👍👍

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Oct 4, 2022, 11:14 AM

E-343, 68-69. One year was enough for me.

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Lived in the cans for all four years from August '65

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Oct 4, 2022, 5:04 AM

to May 1969, part of that time without A/C.

While serving as Editor of "The Tiger" student newspaper, our offices were on both sides of the ninth floor above the loggia, so the distance was short from my room in the adjacent tin can.

I know the cans needed to go, but they were my home for four years, and in a way I hate to see that part of my life gone.

Progress, I suppose, and by now, necessary.

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Oct 4, 2022, 10:11 AM

I lived on the top floor of D6 in the early 90’s when they were building Holmes & McCabe. What a dump! We made the best of it though! LOL

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Oct 4, 2022, 10:17 AM

Had a blast with many of the same antics as have already been described in the thread. Haven't see a lot of discussion about the wood bed frames we used to construct and put up in Johnstone Hall rooms - essentially created a second story to your room and doubled your space. It was always fun to watch folks putting these up during move-in day..

From a nostalgia point of view it is sad to see the last of the tin cans go but it is time to relegate them to the past. The whole old Student Union/Harcombe/Loggia area needs serious work and is in dire need of an overhaul. Compared to the rest of campus this area has become and eyesore so it is good that it is getting some much needed attention.

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Oct 4, 2022, 11:38 AM

I lived on B6 in the 70’s. Only a hall phone and I don’t remember having air conditioning. The bathrooms were terrible. No doors on the toilet stalls and a community shower with about 8-10 shower heads with no partitions. The only saving grace was occasionally a girl with a hangover who stayed overnight would come in for a shower. Johnstone was a sh!thole.

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Oct 4, 2022, 12:45 PM

I have mixed feelings about this. I lived in JStone 2011-2012. I was in the Annex, 4th floor. On one hand, being able to walk to the canteen, Harcombe, and the rest of the Union was super nice. Close to the stadium and Fike as well.

On the other, the place was a friggin pigsty. Always a mess of food, bodily fluids, and trash in the stairwells. That being said, I did have some good times with guys in both the annex and main.

It sucked having a car because you either had to park by Kite Hill, or play chicken during Gameday weekends with the tow trucks out at the resident lots behind the stadium.

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