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John Sherrer

Director of Cultural Resources
1701 Pendleton Street home in Columbia, S.C. Historic Columbia collection

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: 1701 Pendleton Street

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

1701 Pendleton Street. Image Courtesy of Historic Columbia collection Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These awards...

Cupola installation at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Columbia, S.C. Image courtesy of Ebenezer Church

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: Ebenezer Lutheran Chapel

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

Cupola installation at Ebenezer Lutheran Chapel. Image courtesy of Ebenezer Church Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture...

The Arcade Building in Columbia, S.C. Image courtesy of Peach Properties

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: The Arcade Building

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

The Arcade Building is once again a downtown destination. Image courtesy of Peach Properties Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’...

house at 819 maple street

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: 819 Maple Street

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

819 Maple Street. Image courtesy of Sarah and Hoyt Burnett Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These...

USC's Chemistry Lab. Image courtesy of Jacob Ruzensky

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: UofSC’s Chemistry Lab

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

USC's Chemistry Lab. Image courtesy of Lekita Hargrave Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These awards are...

Claussen's Bakery and Boutique Studio Apartments

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: Claussen's Apartments

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

Claussen's Bakery Building. Image Courtesy of Historic Columbia Collection Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These awards...

Interior of 2144 Sumter Street in Columbia SC

2020 Preservation  Award Winner: 2144 Sumter Street

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

2144 Sumter Street. Image courtesy of SEED Architecture Each year, Historic Columbia presents Preservation Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These awards are...

Palmetto Wildlife Habitat

Transforming Spaces

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

History is neither stagnant nor fixed. No, the study and interpretation of past events is a creative, dynamic, and transformational process that shapes both how we know previous people, places, and events and how we view our ourselves. This process lies at the heart of Historic Columbia, where recent capital...

Gross family Christmas tree

A Historic Holiday Snapshot

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

On December 22, 1955, readers of The Columbia Record newspaper met a full-page chronicle of Columbia’s Gross family preparing to ring in the holidays. With husband Albert M. Gross ill and states away in Florida, wife Miriam wrangled her six children, ages 18 months through ten years, as the annual...

Total Eclipse

In the Path of Totality

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

Have you ever been in the path of something that you cannot escape? Have you ever been faced with an event that cannot be avoided? Such situations often elicit anxiety or even dread. What if you knew exactly when and where such an event was to occur? What would you...