The Tiger Tavern was a "posh" lounge located in the Lower Lobby of the Clemson House as part of the original design when it opened as a hotel in 1950. In the 1950s, it advertised in The Tiger that it offered "A Delightful Coffee Shop With Fountain Service" with "Sandwiches - Newsstand". Hours were advertised as 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (The Tiger display advert, Friday 10 April 1959, Volume LII, Number 22, page 5.)
During the admission of African-American student Harvey Gantt to Clemson in January 1963, the Tiger Tavern was put to duty as the press room for the 200 correspondents and journalists in town to cover the event.
Never a hang-out for students in its later years, it was possibly unknown completely to many, serving primarily the needs of the C House clientele.
The space has been converted in recent years into the Tiger Fitness and study area, reflecting the Clemson House shift from hotel to dormitory.
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