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Preservation Award Plaque

Tuesday, May 3rd 2022

While May is Preservation Month, Historic Columbia would like to encourage the community to recognize the significance of these award-winning projects all year. To that end, we have established a Preservation Plaque program. These plaques are designed for and available to past Preservation Award recipients. Learn More

Restoration at Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

Restore, Don't Replace Your Old Windows

By: Lois Carlisle, Consulting Historian

Friday, March 15th 2019

Historic windows are both lenses and frames. These vital architectural features can define the character of whole neighborhoods and help us see our community in a whole new light. Often, damage to historic windows is superficial—someone painted them shut, the sash sags, they’re drafty. Almost all historic wood windows can...

Press Conference at Zion Baptist Church

James Clyburn Announces New Reconstruction Era Network

By: Robin Waites, Executive Director

Monday, March 4th 2019

I am excited to be here today in support of the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Act bill. With the goals of creating a Reconstruction Network that will enhance collaboration across SC, the region and the country. In 2008, our organization began the process of rehabilitating a home that was...

Claussen's Bakery

Claussen's Bakery: A Landmark of Industrial Columbia

Friday, January 4th 2019

On Thursday, January 17, we will take guests on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Claussen’s Bakery, a historic Five Points landmark that originated as Claussen’s Bakery in 1928. The building was built by George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant who had previously established a steam bakery in...

Modjeska Monteith Simkins

Help Tell Modjeska Simkins' Story

By: Megan Plott, Director of Development

Thursday, December 27th 2018

Each year, Historic Columbia’s Annual Fund program supports a meaningful project that will have lasting impact on our community. This year’s annual fund is focused on the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House. Built between 1890 and 1895, this one-story cottage was home to Modjeska Monteith Simkins (pictured above)—considered "one of South Carolina’s...

Lula Drake

Five Reasons Why a Demolition Delay Ordinance is Good for Columbia

Thursday, October 18th 2018

As recently reported by The State, the Columbia Planning Department and City Council’s economic development subcommittee are considering a “demolition delay” ordinance, which would prevent rapid tear downs of historic, architectural or culturally significant buildings outside of currently protected districts. For more than 50 years, Historic Columbia has been committed...

SC Historic Preservation Awards

Mann-Simons Site Wins SC Preservation Service Award

Tuesday, September 4th 2018

On Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, Historic Columbia was presented with the Preservation Service Award at the South Carolina Historic Preservation Awards ceremony for the re-interpretation of the Mann-Simons Site leading up to 2016. The Preservation Service Awards recognize projects and activities that make exemplary contributions to the advancement of historic...

Lightning Damage at Robert Mills

Columbia Museum Community to the Rescue

Wednesday, August 8th 2018

The Robert Mills House was damaged in a summer storm that blew through Columbia on the evening of Sunday, August 5. The historic building's east chimney was hit by lightning, which caused bricks to fall into the house forcing a cloud of ash out of the fireplace and into several...

1649 Main

Historic Columbia to Offer Sneak Peek of the Next Main Street Hot Spot

By: Meg Southern, Garvin Design Group

Tuesday, July 10th 2018

On August 7, Historic Columbia will host the first Behind-the-Scenes Tour of 1649 Main Street—a place with a rich history known to most as Hennessy’s. The first known visual record of the building is an 1872 illustration by C. Drie, drawn when Main Street was called Richardson Street. Drie depicts...

photo of 2019 Preservation Awards

2019 Preservation Award Winners

Wednesday, May 1st 2019

We're excited to announce the recipients of our 2019 Preservation Awards! Each May, in conjunction with National Preservation Month, we present these 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...