melrose heights

Historic Districts are Working for You

There has been recent concern over local historic district regulations in certain Columbia neighborhoods. Specifically, some Columbia citizens are concerned over the process owners must follow to renovate or make changes to their historic properties. Historic Columbia understands how certain regulations might be seen as challenging in the short term,...

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Preservation Matters: SC Department of Mental Health's BullStreet District

Awesome, expansive and intriguing are but a few of the adjectives that spring to mind upon touring the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s BullStreet facility. Bustling with activity for generations, the sprawling 178-acre tract of land today is best characterized largely by silence punctuated by sounds beyond its walls...


In Defense of Mid-Century Modern

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

At the corner of Pickens and Gervais streets in downtown Columbia, there stands a Queen Anne mansion. The home is uniquely Victorian with a high turret and cedar-shingled roofline. There are few people in Columbia who, today, would say the house is anything short of beautiful. If you traveled back...

2018 Preservation Awards

Past Preservation Award Winners

We hold an annual Preservation Awards Luncheon each year to celebrate the accomplishments of local architectural, construction and rehabilitation projects and leaders. The awards recognize local projects that have maintained or added to the historical, architectural and cultural heritage throughout Columbia and Richland County in the following categories. In addition,...

Women on Mann-Simons tour

Capital Women: Of Strength, Courage and Wisdom

By: Kim Jamieson, Historic Columbia Board of Trustees member

In 2016, Historic Columbia reopened the Mann-Simons Site with newly installed exhibits, interactive touchscreens, recorded audio and numerous visuals – enhancing the overall experience for each guest. I recently had the opportunity to take a tour and was blown away by the comprehensive updates Historic Columbia had incorporated into the...


Two Days with HC

Whether you're sightseeing with a group that shares a common interest or traveling with an eclectic mix of friends or tour companions who have different tastes, Columbia, South Carolina offers a perfect mix of history-filled homes, beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, diverse shopping choices and myriad dining options. Even better, Historic...

Mann-Simons Site

Planning Your Visit

Deciding which house museum to tour can be difficult when you have four choices, but only time to explore one! We are happy to help you figure out which tour is best for you. Would you like to learn more about the Reconstruction era? The Woodrow Wilson Family Home may...

Russell House

#TBT: Mid-Century Mod

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

This is part of our #TBT collaboration with Cola Today.

Urgent Action Needed: Advocate for a 20% HTC in Final House/Senate Reconciled Bill

By: Staff, Historic Columbia

Senate Passes Tax Reform Bill with a 20% Historic Tax Credit, HTC Eliminated in House, Urgent Action Needed: Advocate for a 20% HTC in Final House/Senate Reconciled Bill

Matilda Evans house

Matilda Evans House – 2027 Taylor St.

By: Staff, Historic Columbia

The house at 2027 Taylor Street was once the residence of Matilda Arabella Evans, the first female African-American physician in Columbia. Built sometime between 1910 and 1919, the vernacular house went through a myriad of early owners, most of whom were employees of the nearby Southern Railroad Company, before the Evans family occupied the residence. In 1928, the Evans family moved from their home on Two Notch Road to this location and descendants owned or occupied the home until 2005.