Manning Hall, Byrnes Hall, and Lever Hall residence halls are commonly referred to as the high-rises in the Horseshoe. The remaining dorms, Barnett Hall, Mauldin Hall, and Smith Hall are referred to as the Low Rises.
All three High Rises were originally built with sun decks atop the roof. Unlike most campus buildings, the door at the top of the stairwells did not lead to a mechanical room, but out onto the roof and into a gated area around the central core of the building. The decks were closed years ago, and only Byrnes Hall retains the old decking (the others have been re-roofed).
Because the High Rises are built on a grade, male students sunning on Byrnes were able to look over onto the top of Lever and Manning to admire the female sunbathers.
Byrnes Hall is named for James F. Byrnes, former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, director of the Office of Economic Stabilization during World War II, and Life Trustee of Clemson (1940-1972).
Lever Hall is named for Asbury Frank Lever, U.S. congressman and Life Trustee of Clemson (1941-1972).
Manning Hall is named for Richard I. Manning, governor of South Carolina during World War I and Life Trustee of Clemson (1900-1931).