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Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University

1703 Memorial Cir.
Rock Hill, SC 29733
(803) 323-2211
This auditorium is named for James F. Byrnes, former S.C. governor, U.S. senator and U.S. Secretary of State. While a U.S. senator, Byrnes arranged for funds to be used with matching state funds to construct three campus buildings, the auditorium, Thurmond Building, and Macfeat Nursery School, now the Macfeat House. Byrnes exemplifies the monumental architectural style prevalent in Depression-era public buildings. The auditorium features the David Bancroft Johnson Memorial Organ, an Aeolian-Skinner valued today at $500,000 and containing more than 5,000 pipes in 78 ranks. It is considered one of the largest and finest instruments in the South. The organ underwent a two-year restoration beginning in 2007, and a 2009 organ festival welcomed the instrument home. The auditorium seats 3,500 and houses the university's music facilities, including a computer music lab.