October 2017 Events

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October 2017 is full of treats with community favorites such as the annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tour, The Palladium Society Silent Auction, and Trunk or Treat, as well as monthly events such as Second Sunday Stroll and Dollar Sunday. October also includes the opportunity to become a Historic Columbia volunteer with the Mann-Simons Site Volunteer Training. Below is a list of Historic Columbia’s October events. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information.


Scarecrows in the Garden

Oct. 1 – 31 | All Day Event | Gardens of the Robert Mills House

Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House gardens! This free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, business, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week. For information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Mid-Century Modern

Thursday, Oct. 5 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | 4100 Block on Kilbourne St. in Heathwood

Get an inside look at former home of Lester Bates Jr. This architect-designed mid-century home is nestled in the Heathwood neighborhood. Current owners will share stories of curating modern furniture on a budget, as well as a few renovation trials and tribulations. This house showcases some of the most quintessential mid-century furnishings designed by Harvey Probber, Florence Knoll, Thayer Coggins, Heywood-Wakefield, Eero Saarinen, and the architectural style of the home and extensive use of glass and open design concepts to help forge a connection with nature. It was designed by Robert Jackson, Jr., whose firm, Jackson and Miller Architects, also designed Palmetto Health Baptist hospital and the former Maxwell Furniture store on Main Street. Take a walk through a home so carefully restored, you’ll feel like an extra from Mad Men.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members, and registration is for members only until Sept. 28. For more information,  email or call (803) 252-7742 x 15.

Preservation Workshop | Do’s and Don’ts of Historic Home Renovation

Saturday, Oct. 7 | 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Seibels House

Historic Columbia’s 2017 Preservation Workshop series, presented by Crawlspace Medic, returns in October. Historic Columbia and the Committee for the Restoration and Beautification of Randolph Cemetery (CRBRC) will host a Preservation Workshop at the Seibels House to explore the ins and outs of renovating and maintaining a historic house. The workshop, led by Sean Stucker, director of facilities for Historic Columbia, and Staci Richey, owner of Access Preservation (which specializes in window restoration) and board member of the CRBRC, will lead attendees through a presentation and discussion that offers tips and examines how to plan, outline and manage a home rehab project. Participants will go on to explore work done over the decades at the Seibels House and will have the chance to check out ongoing and recent renovations at several neighboring properties. The Seibels House is located at 1601 Richland St. Light refreshments are included, and tickets for the workshop are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. To purchase tickets, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Second Sunday Stroll | Melrose Heights

Sunday, Oct. 8 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Tour begins at Melrose Park

Explore the Melrose Heights neighborhood with Historic Columbia from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 8 during the monthly Second Sunday Stroll presented by Seed Architecture. The guided walking tour will travel through the historic neighborhood, which was recently listed as an historic site on the National Register of Historic Places. Stops will include highlights of various architectural styles, kit homes popular in the 1910s and historic locations in one of Columbia’s earliest suburbs. The tour will begin at Melrose Park located at 1500 Fairview Drive. Tickets are free for members and $8/adult and $5/youth for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit historccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Mann-Simons Site Volunteer Training

Monday, Oct. 9 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Historic Columbia invites the public to help share the history of the Mann-Simons family and become a volunteer tour guide of the newly interpreted site. This training session will consist of the following: a sample tour of the site, an overview of the family, history of the site, broad topics related to the site: slavery, Jim Crow, civil rights and urban renewal, and a day in the life of a volunteer, which will cover logistics of giving tours and other opportunities at the site. Volunteer training is free. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided at the training.

As a volunteer for Historic Columbia, you will:

  • Receive a 15 percent discount on purchases at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.
  • Enjoy complimentary admission to our historic museums for yourself and members of your immediate family.
  • Attend special Historic Columbia functions for free or at reduced rates.
  • Receive a free subscription to Historically Speaking, Historic Columbia’s quarterly newsletter.
  • Tour and visit other historic site during monthly volunteer meetings and presentations.
  • Plus, make new friends and share experiences with others who have similar passions.


For information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 24.

Spirits Alive!

Thursday, Oct. 12 | 6 – 9:30 p.m. | Elmwood Cemetery

Grab your flashlights and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon. Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. Tickets are $8/adults and $4/youth for members and $12/adult and $6/youth for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit historccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Dollar Sunday | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic museums for just $1. This month, visit the Woodrow Wilson Family Home for Dollar Sunday. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours leave at the top of the hour from 1 – 4 p.m. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills. For information, visit historccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ | The Palladium Society’s 14th Annual Silent Auction

Thursday, Oct. 19 | 7 – 10 p.m. | Robert Mills House & Gardens

Join Historic Columbia’s The Palladium Society (TPS) at the 14th annual Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ fundraiser presented by Jaguar Land Rover Columbia. This annual celebration of live music, delicious barbeque, specialty drinks and an assortment of silent auction items will be held from 7 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, located at 1616 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia. This year’s silent auction will feature a variety of items, including destination packages to historic cities across the Southeast, experiential packages to explore local cultural sites, behind-the-scenes tours of Columbia’s hot spots, gift cards to restaurants, boutiques, gyms and much more. Ticket prices are $25 for TPS members, $35 for Historic Columbia members and $45 for the general public. Tickets are $50 at the door. All proceeds will support Historic Columbia. For information, visit historccolumbia.org, email lmojkowski@historiccolumbia.org, or call

(803) 252-1770 x 15.

Trunk or Treat

Friday, Oct. 27 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Robert Mills House Parking Lot

Put on your costume and join Historic Columbia as we bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House during Trunk or Treat! Children will enjoy trick-or-treating with a twist in a safe and fun environment. Community members and organizations will display decorated trunks filled with candy in the parking lot of the Robert Mills House. Awards and prizes for best costumes and best decorated trunk will be given at 6:45 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills and check out the Scarecrows in the Garden during this free event!

Trunk or Treat Vehicle Participation: Historic Columbia is accepting registrations for businesses and organizations and families to place a decorated vehicle at the event. This is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations to promote their mission, give away branded merchandise, and hand out candy to hundreds of children at a free community event.

Vehicle owners must register via email by Monday, October 24. To register, send an email to reservations@historiccolumbia.org with the following information:

  • Name
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Make/Model/Color of vehicle


Registered vehicles should arrive between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m. When giving out toys prizes or candy, remember that children will range in age from infants to young teens. Electricity will not be provided to registered vehicles in the event area, so please bring flashlights. Attendance is estimated at 400 families for the event. Please plan accordingly. For information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.


HOUSE TOURS:                

Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Historic Columbia’s historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia’s history. Tours are free for members, $8 for adults, $5 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information. 

Group Tours Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for groups of 10 or more with advance registration. Bus tours are available. To schedule a group tour, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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‘1000 Year Flood’ brings Columbia, Mississippi to the aid of Columbia, South Carolina

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For immediate release: October 8, 2015

Two cities that share a name, a historical tie, and a set of classmates, will come full circle this week: sharing relief from natural disaster. The citizens of Columbia, Mississippi have answered the call for aid posted to social media.

The Columbia MS for Columbia SC relief effort is targeted specifically:

1) to assist Columbia SC area hospital operations burdened due to the flood event,and

2) to support Columbia, SC hospital staff and patient families who have been displaced and are in need. Tnovsa is conducting this relief effort with the cooperation of the South Carolina Hospital Association, Palmetto Health, Providence Hospitals, the Dorn VA Medical Center and Moncrief Army Hospital.

Historical Ties

According to the Lamar County Mississippi Genealogy and History Network, Columbia, Mississippi, located in Marion County, was named for Columbia, South Carolina, the city from which many of its early settlers had migrated.  It changed its original name from Lott’s Bluff when it incorporated to Columbia on June 25, 1819, “in memory of a district and town back in South Carolina”.

Columbia SC / Columbia MS Relief Backstory

As New Year’s Eve 2015 neared, Columbia, South Carolina resident Catherine Fleming Bruce saw a post from College classmate Danon Vest Jones, describing the devastation in Columbia, Mississippi after an EF3 tornado left 5 dead and 50 injured a few days before Christmas. Danon was assisting area relief efforts and had turned to social media. In response, Catherine created the Facebook page ‘Columbia SC for Columbia MS: tornado relief’, took to local media to share the news , and challenged residents of the ‘Famously Hot’ City’ to help.

Nine months later, it is Columbia, South Carolina that is in dire need, struck by a massive ‘1000 year’ flood that has taken lives, destroyed homes, and damaged roads and bridges. Flooding that warranted a federal disaster declaration; flooding that is still unfolding.

After a city-wide water shutoff on October 4th and news that hospitals might have to evacuate patients, Bruce returned to the original FB page, inviting the people of Columbia Mississippi to help.

The Columbia, Mississippi response was immediate. In a few days, the plea for help from its new ‘sister city’ had been shared more than 18,000 times. Columbia Strong, the organization that led the tornado relief effort in Mississippi, is making a major commitment. The City of Columbia, Mississippi has declared October 10th and 11th “Days of Giving for Columbia, South Carolina!”, and will collect clean specific relief items and water to meet the drinking and cooking needs of hospitals in the Midlands.

A truck bearing aid from Columbia, Mississippi is set to arrive at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way in Columbia, South Carolina at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 13th, welcomed by hospital and local officials.

Jeremy Robbins of Columbia, Mississippi reports: “We have organized relief efforts for our sister city, Columbia, SC. They were among the first to respond to our needs after the December 23rd tornado so unfortunately, in this short time, we shall return the kindness. “

Contact information:

For information about the Columbia, Mississippi relief efforts for Columbia, South Carolina contact Mrs. Danon Vest at 601-906-8483.

For information about the Columbia SC for Columbia MS effort in January 2015, and the current outreach to Columbia, Mississippi for help with flood relief targeting Columbia South Carolina hospitals, contact Catherine Fleming Bruce, 803-521-2057.

For information about the Columbia, Mississippi relief efforts to Columbia, South Carolina Hospitals, contact Regina Brown, Palmetto Health, at 803-296-2961 or via cell 803-237-6548.

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Enjoy Cemetery Tours, Dollar Sunday & Summer Camp this July with HC!

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Historic Columbia’s house museums will be closed Saturday, July 4, but you can still get your fill of history this month with a moonlight stroll through Elmwood Cemetery, a dollar tour of Historic Columbia’s Robert Mills House and more.

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours
Thursday, July 9 at 7:30, 8 and 8:30 pm

One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia’s oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones preserved within Elmwood Cemetery’s acres of carefully planned grounds. The perfect after-work activity, Historic Columbia’s cemetery tours are an event the whole family will enjoy.

HC Members: $8 adults, $4 youth. Non-members: $12 adults, $6 youth. 501 Elmwood Ave.

Mission: History Summer Camp
Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17, 9 am – 4 pm

History will come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time as we explore what it was like to live in the past! Each day, kids will have a mission to explore a different aspect of history including food, archaeology, music, art, storytelling and even silent film through games, crafts and play.

Registration is required. HC member youth: $160. Non-member youth: $200.

Dollar Sunday at Historic Columbia: Robert Mills House
Sunday, July 19, 1 – 4 pm

Residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited tour one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1! Each month, HC chooses one of its four properties to feature for Dollar Sunday on a rotating basis, and in July, the featured house will be the Robert Mills House.

Free for HC members. $1 for residents of Richland and Lexington counties. All others $8 adults, $5 youth. The Hampton-Preston Mansion is located at 1615 Blanding Street. Purchase admission at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street.

For more information about Historic Columba and to purchase admission to these events, visit historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.1770 x 23.


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Call for Entertainment & Vendors for the 37th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage!

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Be part of one of the Midlands’ most-anticipated festivals as an entertainer or vendor at Historic Columbia’s 37th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage on Saturday, September 19.

Historic Columbia is searching for entertainment acts that reflect Jubilee and African American heritage, such as drum and dance groups, gospel, jazz, blues and spoken word acts. The deadline for entertainment registration is July 15, and the entertainer application form is available at historiccolumbia.org.

Associations, churches, civic/service groups, health/medical organizations, charities and other businesses are all invited to participate in this year’s Jubilee. The cost to participate is $25 for non-profit vendors, $55 for marketplace vendors and $125 for food vendors. Spaces are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis once approved by the vendor committee. One table and two chairs are provided at no charge; additional items such as electricity, extra tables and extra space are available for an additional charge of $15 to $25. Vendor application forms are available at historiccolumbia.org, and the deadline for registration is September 4.

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage celebrates the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of the Mann-Simons family. The festival is free and open to the public at the historic Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland St. For more information about Jubilee and the Mann-Simons Site, please visit historiccolumbia.org/jubilee, call 803.252.1770 x 36 or email jubilee@historiccolumbia.org.

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Historic Columbia Receives 2015 SC Historic Preservation Heritage Tourism Award for Woodrow Wilson Family Home

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Lt. Governor Henry McMaster presented Historic Columbia with the 2015 Historic Preservation Heritage Tourism Award during the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards ceremony at the South Carolina Statehouse on Friday, June 5.

The S.C. Historic Preservation Heritage Tourism Award recognizes those who best use South Carolina’s cultural and historic resources in the promotion and development of tourism or use tourism to directly benefit the preservation of the state’s heritage. The awards are sponsored by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the S.C. Department of Archives & History and the Office of the Governor.

“We are proud to have developed exhibits and tours at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home that resonate with so many visitors from South Carolina and far beyond,” said Historic Columbia Executive Director Robin Waites. “The story of the Reconstruction Era needs to be told, and it is clear from our numbers that it is one people across the country are eager to understand.”

Historic Columbia received the Heritage Tourism Award for the reinterpretation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction in Columbia & Richland County, South Carolina’s only presidential site and the only museum in the United States to focus solely on the Reconstruction era. Closed for nearly nine years, the Wilson home reopened on February 15, 2014 after an unprecedented comprehensive physical rehabilitation and reinterpretation of the content presented in the museum.

During the restoration, Historic Columbia assembled a team of distinguished scholars from the University of South Carolina to create a new interpretive scheme to would showcase the Wilson family in the context of the Reconstruction era, the transformative years when they called Columbia home. The property not only tells the story of the young future president’s life in Columbia; it uses the Wilson family as a springboard to the larger of story of what was happening in South Carolina in the years following the Civil War.

Central to that story is the experience of African Americans, considered citizens for the first time in southern history. Visitors to the Woodrow Wilson Family Home are immersed in the context of Columbia in the 1870s as they explore how Columbia’s 9,297 residents, both black and white, navigated the profound political, social and economic changes of Reconstruction. Through panel exhibits, interactive technologies and guided tours, visitors learn that this was a time when African Americans participated in government, founded churches, claimed access to education and negotiated new terms of labor.

“The sensitive rehabilitation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home has reaffirmed the site’s position as a vibrant cultural attraction in the capital city and resulted in more successful stewardship of one of South Carolina’s most important properties associated with Reconstruction.,” said John Sherrer, Historic Columbia’s director of cultural resources. “At the Wilson home, Historic Columbia is able share with visitors Columbia’s 19th-century history and deconstruct the history of Reconstruction so prevalent in society today.”

The Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction in Columbia & Richland County is open for tours Tuesday – Saturday at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm. Tour admission can be purchased at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, and tours are $8 for adults, $5 for youth and free for HC members. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org.

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HC & Blue Star Museums Offer Active Military Personnel Free Tours this Summer!

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From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015, Historic Columbia will offer active duty military personnel and their families free tours of its historic house museums as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

A collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America, Blue Star Museums offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from May 25 to Sept. 7. This program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

“Historic Columbia is proud to be a Blue Star Museum,” said Robin Waites, executive director of HC. “Through this collaboration, service members and their families can experience Columbia and Richland County’s rich history, and we are thrilled to give back to those who give so much for our country.”

Historic Columbia provides tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Site and Woodrow Wilson Family Home, South Carolina’s only presidential site, every day of the week except Mondays. Tours depart at the top of the hour from 10 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday; visit historiccolumbia.org for the complete schedule of tours. Purchase admission at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills at 1616 Blanding St. All tours begin at the Gift Shop.

The Blue Star Museums free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members.

More than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are participating in Blue Star Museums, including history and science museums, children’s museums, fine arts museums and nature centers. For more information, visit www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.

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2015 Preservation Awards Honor Local Projects for Design and Preservation Accomplishments

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To celebrate the accomplishments of local architectural, construction and rehabilitation projects, Historic Columbia held its annual Preservation Awards Luncheon today, May 8, at Agapé Senior, presented by Mashburn Construction. Local preservation activist and developer Rosemarie McFarlane Craig was surprised with the Preservation Leadership Award, given to someone who contributes to the advancement of historic preservation in the region.

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Rosemarie McFarlane Craig

Preservation Leadership Award: Rosemarie McFarlane Craig

A founding member of the Congaree Vista Guild, Rosie was an active participant in the revitalization of Columbia’s historic warehouse district with the purchase and rehabilitation of the DuPre Building. The successful restoration and adaptive reuse of the building led to Historic Columbia awarding the DuPre building an Adaptive Reuse Preservation Award in 2002.

Continuing her preservation advocacy, since 2012 Rosie has been instrumental in advocating for the preservation of the Palmetto Compress Warehouse. Built in 1917 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, the Palmetto Compress Warehouse is one of Columbia’s last surviving remnants of the city’s cotton industry.

“As a forward and preservation-minded thinker, Rosie was the first person to publicly offer to purchase the warehouse and propose an adaptive reuse project converting the warehouse into a mixed-use space,” said preservation activist and developer Richard Burts, winner of the 2013 Preservation Leadership Award. “With strong leadership and dedication to preserving Columbia’s history, Rosie has been instrumental in the preservation of Columbia’s built environment.”

2015 Preservation Award Winners:

For decades Historic Columbia has recognized local projects that have maintained or added to the historical, architectural and cultural heritage throughout Columbia and Richland County by presenting recent preservation projects with awards in Preservation Leadership, Preservation/Restoration, Adaptive Use and New Construction in a Historic Context.

“Preservation is the pillar upon which Historic Columbia was founded,” said Robin Waites, executive director of Historic Columbia. “The projects we honor this year reveal a real interest in sustainability, creative design and sensitivity to the small and large features that make our community unique.”

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Former Adluh Flour Warehouse

Adaptive Use Award: Former Adluh Flour Warehouse
802/804 Gervais Street
Owner: Allen Brothers Milling Company, Inc.
Architect: Studio 2LR, Inc.
Contractor: Hood Construction Company

A two-story brick building constructed ca. 1910, Allen Brothers Milling Co. purchased the mill and surrounding buildings in 1926. While the mill remains in use, 802/804 Gervais has been vacant for many years, and the Allen family decided to revitalize this unused space. The recent renovations have rehabilitated the vacant building, which now features a restaurant and is available for future retail and office tenants. The adaptive use of the historic building required removal of previous brick infill of several doors and windows, as well as installing two new stairs and an elevator to access the second-story. A new patio and canopy were constructed to serve the first floor restaurant tenant. On the interior, the wood roof trusses, floor joists and wood flooring serve as reminders of the original aesthetics of the building.

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Agapé Complex

Adaptive Use Award: Agapé Complex
1614, 1620 and 1626 Main Street
Owner: Agapé Senior
Architect: Lambert Architecture + Construction Services
Contractor: Mashburn Construction

Originally, 1614 and 1620 Main Street housed the W.T. Grant and Schulte-United companies, two “five-cent to one-dollar” chain stores that sold general merchandise during the 1920s through the 1950s. The 1626 Main Street building operated as the Lutheran Publishing House, established by African American R.J. Palmer in 1907, and became Haverty’s Furniture store in the 1940s. Mashburn Construction and Lambert Architecture + Construction Services collaborated to develop a creative approach to adapting these three adjacent, vacant historic buildings. The two 1920s companies re-built and restored the historic facades of the three buildings, which included Art Deco details, marble panels, decorative stonework and historic windows that had been bricked over. One eye-catching detail incorporated by the construction team is the neon sign recalling Haverty’s original storefront sign. The rehabilitated Main Street buildings provide a vibrant mixed-use array of services, including restaurants, fitness center, pharmacy, landscaped courtyard, office space and a conference center.

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DuPre Building

Adaptive Use Award: DuPre Building
807 Gervais Street
Owner: NAI Avant
Architect: Studio 2LR, Inc.
Interior Designer: Nan Sammataro
Contractor: Weathers Contracting

Designed by architect James B. Urquhart, this circa-1919 building was originally designed as a showroom for the DuPre Auto Company, which served as a Ford dealership and part of Columbia’s “Automobile Row.” As one of the catalysts to the successful redevelopment of the Congaree Vista, the DuPre building was rehabilitated in 1998 by local preservationists Rosie and Michael Craig. NAI Avant purchased the DuPre building in 2013 with the desire to convert the building into their corporate headquarters. Restoring the original wood floors and heart pine beams was a priority in the rehabilitation and required the removal of carpeting and paint. Workers also reconstructed an original steel sash window to help increase the space’s natural light. The result is an excellent adaptive use with a great attention to restoring the historic elements of the building.

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Wavering Place Plantation
Kitchen House

Adaptive Use Award: Wavering Place Plantation Kitchen House
427 Adams Hayne Road, Eastover
Owner: Weston and Lisa Adams & Robert and Shana Adams
Contractor: Lee McCaskill

Owned by the Adams family since 1768, Wavering Place Plantation was acquired by Weston Adams III and Robert Adams VI in 2013 from their uncle, Dr. Julian C. Adams. In the effort to preserve the property, the current owners have opened the site as an event venue and rehabilitated the circa-1790 kitchen house into a bed and breakfast. The owners also have plans to adaptively use the four other outbuildings on the property. Most of the rehabilitation work utilized local and historical materials to preserve the historic character of the kitchen house. Added details were constructed of reclaimed wood from the property, while a door was reused from a plantation in Boykin, SC. The interior retains the exposed timbers and the early-twentieth-century concrete flooring in contrast to the modern utilities incorporated for building’s use as a bed and breakfast.

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South Carolina State Museum

New Construction in an Historic Context Award: South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street
Owner: South Carolina State Muesum
Architect: Clark Patterson Lee and Watson Tate Savory
Contractor: Gilbane Construction

The South Carolina State Museum operates out of the Columbia Mills Building, a leading cotton manufacturer from 1894 to 1981 and the first fully electric-powered mill in the United States. When the State Museum decided in 2012 to incorporate a new planetarium, observatory, 4-D theater and telescope gallery, its staff prioritized the retention of the historic and architectural integrity of its building. The State Museum brought in a team of professional designers, architects and contractors to accomplish an historically-sensitive renovation. The contractors and architects worked closely with exhibit designers Jack Rouse Associates to develop a thematic design reflective of the historic characteristics of the mill. Contractors also removed carpeting and drywall to expose original brick walls, arches, windows and original hardwood floors. A 36,000-pound steel tripod supports the observatory and recalls the building’s industrial history. New construction includes the glass dome planetarium and an observatory dome installed on the roof of the museum, making its mark on the Columbia skyline.

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110 Wayne Street

Preservation/Restoration Award: 110 Wayne Street
Owner: Skip Sawin and Jessica Sage
Contractor: Paul Haynes, Haynes Construction

Purchased in the fall of 2013 by Skip Sawin and Jessica Sage, 110 Wayne Street was found untouched from the previous 50-plus years. From period lighting running on knob and tube electrical wire to original working radiators, much of the building’s historic fabric remained in place. Working with Haynes Construction, Sawin and Sage began necessary maintenance and restoration of the historic house in the Olympia Mills district, addressing the leaking roof and failing paint to prevent further water damage to the building’s structure. Workers installed modern electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC system. Many of the original double-hung-sash windows were painstakingly reworked, and the heart pine floors were refinished. The result of the hard work is an excellent preservation/restoration project that highlights the home’s original historic fabric.

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Eastminster Presbyterian Church

Preservation/Restoration Award: Eastminster Presbyterian Church
3200 Trenholm Road
Owner: Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Architect: Quackenbush Architects + Planners
Contractor: Mashburn Construction

Quackenbush Architects and Mashburn Construction worked together to restore this circa-1956 era, Colonial Revival-style historic church with updated mechanical and electric systems, new floor tile and ceiling plaster, refinished pews and restored stained glass windows. Quackenbush and Mashburn sensitively reconstructed the historic vaulted ceiling over the church nave, exactly replicating its original appearance. A new porte-cochere and covered walkway consisting of brick archways and classical columns provides an elegant and seamless entrance into the renovated narthex and parlor. Reconfigured interior seating, upgraded restrooms, renovated basement space and the addition of elevators all serve to improve the functionality and accessibility of the building. The church’s vivid stained glass windows and handsome wooden pews were restored and reinstalled, keeping the distinctive ecclesiastical aesthetic. The restored building now presents a gleaming, modernized, but traditionally-styled and historically intact church sanctuary.

Historic Columbia’s 2015 Preservation Awards were presented by Mashburn Construction and sponsored by Lambert Architecture + Construction Services, GlobalX, Studio 2LR Architecture + Interiors, Garvin Design Group, 1×1 Design, Architrave, Hood Construction, Quackenbush Architects + Planners, and Columbia Development Corporation. To see a list of previous Preservation Award Winners, visit historiccolumbia.org.

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Historic Columbia Recognizes Volunteer Contributions at Annual Awards Luncheon

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Historic Columbia recognized the service and contributions of its volunteers at a private luncheon on Monday, April 27 at The Big Apple.

“While we take this opportunity to highlight a select few people at this event each year, each volunteer plays an important part in the success of this organization,” said Executive Director Robin Waites. “The strength of Historic Columbia is realized in the way that we work together to make this an organization one in which we can all be proud to play an integral role.”

2015 Volunteer Awards 2Effie Phillips received the Lifetime Service Award in recognition of her 34 years of volunteering with Historic Columbia.

“Effie Phillips has logged more hours with Historic Columbia than any other, performed more tours than any other and has served as the most impeccable of ambassadors for our local history,” said Director of Cultural Resources John Sherrer. “She has held the imaginations of countless visitors, young and old, native and from far off states and countries. She has epitomized longevity and leadership. Moreover, she has always been a person whom we could call on for help. We are thrilled to congratulate and thank her with Historic Columbia’s first Lifetime Service Award.”

2015 Volunteer Awards 1John Fiegel received the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“Over the past year, one volunteer has stood out for his flexibility, kindness and willingness to always help whenever possible. From being one of the first docents to complete the Wilson training to helping at cemetery tours to playing Santa Claus, John’s composure and quick wit make him a go-to person for so many of our tours and programs,” said Director of Education James Quint.

2015 Volunteer Awards 4Jackie West received the Innovative Leadership Award for her leadership on the Jubilee: Festival of Heritage planning committee.

“From administrative help to single-handedly creating educational activities for the 2014 Jubilee festival to leadership roles on steering committees, Jackie’s new and great ideas are make her the epitome of an innovative leader,” said Engagement Coordinator Celia Galens.

Kathy Norton of BlueCross BlueShield of SC received the Service Award for her many years of service on HC’s Board of Trustees and chairing the Strategic Planning Committee.

“Since 2009, Kathy has been an exemplar of service to Historic Columbia, actively volunteering her time on the Board and at special events,” said Waites. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with her, and when she rotates off the board in October, she will leave very large shoes to fill.”

Porchia Moore received the Newcomer Award for her contributions to the Woodrow Wilson Family Home volunteer training program and on the Mann-Simons reinterpretation committee.

“Porchia has been a vital part of the training process for Woodrow Wilson Family Home docents,” said Jen Taylor, Woodrow Wilson Family Home lead facilitator. “I frequently hear that her race and sensitivity workshop is the most thought-provoking and often their favorite of the training sessions.”

2015 Volunteer Awards 3Janice Bowman, Amber Miller and Diane Coker received the Special Contributions Award for their service as “The Collections Cleaning Crew,” who donate their time to make sure Historic Columbia’s house museums are clean and sparkling for visitors.

“Not many people would volunteer to vacuum, sweep and dust someone else’s house, but we are fortunate to have three such women who come in every Monday to make sure our museums look their best for our guests,” said Director of Historic House Museums Fielding Freed.

2015 Volunteer Awards 6Kate Dixon and Dick Summers received 15-Year Service pins, Ella Pfaehler received her 10-Year Service pin, and Pat Itter, Vivian Moore, Hank Shaw, Foster Yarborough, Bobbie Osborne, Donna Stokes and Helen Brown received 5-Year Service pins to recognize their years of volunteering with Historic Columbia.

Historic Columbia holds its Volunteer Awards Luncheon every April to celebrate and thank the many volunteers who donate their time and expertise to advancing HC’s mission to preserve, promote and protect the history and cultural resources of Columbia and Richland County. This year’s luncheon featured produce donated by Senn Brothers Produce.

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Historic Columbia Recieves 2015 Award of Merit from Confederation of SC Local Historical Societies

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The Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies presented Historic Columbia with the 2015 Award of Merit for its work on the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction in Columbia & Richland County at a banquet on April 10 in Walhalla, S.C.

CSCLHS presented Historic Columbia with the Award of Merit to recognize the rehabilitation and reinterpretation of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. In 2005, HC closed the home, which had operated as a shrine to the 28th president since 1934, due to structural issues.

“Recognition by the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies for our reinterpretation of the WWFH and the establishment of a museum of Reconstruction marks an important chapter in Historic Columbia’s growth,” said HC Director of Cultural Resources John Sherrer. “By sharing this distinction with others, both the CSLHS and HC may be appreciated more greatly throughout the state and region.”

Between 2005 and 2014, the Wilson home underwent a museum-grade restoration and rehabilitation; at the same time, HC assembled a group of distinguished scholars to lead the reinterpretation, culminating in a 21st-century museum inside a 19th-century house that explores Reconstruction (1865-1876) in Columbia and Richland County and the Wilsons’ lives here during that time. The Woodrow Wilson Family Home is not only South Carolina’s only presidential site, it is also the only museum in the country to focus solely on the Reconstruction era.

The Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies recognizes the special achievements of historical organizations, volunteers in historical organizations, professionals, and other entities that further the programs and projects of historical organizations. The Award of Merit is given to organizations that have created execptional projects that advance local history.

For more information about the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, visit historiccolumbia.org.

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Early Columbia Lecture Series Returns April 14

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Explore the Reconstruction era and Columbia’s entrance into the 20th century during Part II of Historic Columbia’s Early Columbia Lecture Series, April 14 through May 19.

The three-part Early Columbia Lecture Series gives a close look at the history of South Carolina’s second capital city and allows participants to understand how the city became what it is today. Part II, “The Capital City Rebuilds,” explores Columbia’s history as it rebuilds and recovers from the Civil War from 1865 to 1914. Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Columbia Revisited, leads the series. Lectures are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., and will cover the following topics:

  • April 14: The Civil War Refuge and Disaster
  • April 21: Reconstruction and Healing
  • Optional Bus Tour: Sunday April 26
  • April 28: Transportation: Rivers, Roads, Railroads
  • May 5: Economic Development: Textiles & Agriculture
  • May 12: Public Education
  • May 19: Higher Education: Colleges & Universities

The lecture series is $30 for HC teacher members, $50 for HC members, $60 for non-members, $35 for students or $10 per lecture. Registration is not required but space may be limited and allowed according to availability. Registration forms are available at historiccolumbia.org. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis online at historiccolumbia.org, by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or by phone at 803.252.1770 ext. 23.

Columbia Revisited will be used as the textbook for this series. If you would like to pre-purchase a copy, please let us know. The cost will be $26.95 for members of Historic Columbia and $29.95 for all other participants.

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