This issue of Reflections focuses on the changes wrought by the construction of the Sumter Civic Center. We have asked our readers to identify 15 buildings from a photo of Sumter's skyline circa 1970, which may have been altered or torn down.
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The concept of a Civic Center was proposed and adopted in 1963 as "it was the opinion of both the County Planning Board and the City Planning Commission that the adoption and construction of a Civic Center in the downtown area would increase the economy and add immeasurably to the beautification of the downtown area." It was determined that because of the "size and diversity of buildings it would attract more people into one area" rather than dispersing them to public buildings which were located on several sites throughout the city.
The site chosen for the center with the way left open for possible future revision of boundaries and was bounded on the east by Lafayette Drive, west by North Harvin Street, South by East Hampton Avenue and south by Calhoun Street.
This site was "composed of 19.20 acres, and the estimated cost for the acquisition of this area was $1,074,000."
Articles and photos used in preparing this paper were obtained from The Item archives.
1. Sumter City-County Building
2. Police Department
3. Fire Department
4. Farmers Exchange building, which was removed
5. Sumter County Library
6. Future home of Judicial Center
7. Sumter County Summary Court building
8. Future home of Health Department and Environmental Control
9. Vietnam Memorial
10. Agricultural building, later removed
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