New Projects at Old Sites: Capital Improvements Ensure the Future of Our Important Cultural Resources

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WWFH Accessory Building

Phase IIA of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home rehabilitation (pictured above) has taken a significant step forward over the past two weeks, as workers have successfully completed the concrete foundation of the project’s accessory building. The footprint of the building is best appreciated from the vantage point of the second story rear porch of the Wilson House.

The Woodrow Wilson Family Home recently was opened for a special evening behind-the-scenes tour that included a tour of the Lorick House that stands immediately to its east. Seventy guests enjoyed an update on the progress at South Carolina’s only presidential site and Columbia’s greatest link to the Reconstruction era.

Hard hat tours are offered on the first Tuesday of each month. Details…

Hampton-Preston Garden Pathway

Garden work at the Hampton-Preston Mansion (pictured above) is moving along nicely with pathways, electrical and irrigation piping nearing completion. Test portions of the garden pathways have been installed and illustrate how improved the grounds will be upon the project’s completion by late March.

Students at Heyward Career and Technology Center have been busy working under the instruction of Mr. Whitaker and Mr. Sandels, who are overseeing their fabrication of structural steel ghost structures that will be installed at the Mann-Simons Site by May.

This unique addition to the landscape will allow visitors to the historic site to better understand the complex arrangement of buildings that the family owned from the late 19th century through 1970.

MMS Rear Building

The much-anticipated completion of the Modjeska Simkins House rear building (seen above)  is drawing nigh. This May Historic Columbia Foundation will debut a scholar-in-residence program that will benefit from the unique live-work unit set-up that the circa-1895 building offers.

Stay tuned for continued updates on these and other projects at Historic Columbia Foundation.

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