Since Columbia’s 1786 founding, the grounds of the South Carolina State House have grown from a 4-acre site bounded by Richardson (Main), Gervais, Assembly, and Senate streets into a 22-acre complex featuring 7 buildings and more than 30 monuments. South Carolinians have constructed, altered, and reconsidered this space for more than 230 years—and continue to do so today.
In a project funded by SC Humanities, Historic Columbia (HC) is exploring this site as an historic landscape – one that raises complex questions and encourages thoughtful consideration about what monuments in this public space represent. To provide a baseline of information about the State House Grounds, HC created a web-based tour utilizing the comprehensive survey undertaken by architectural historian Lydia Mattice Brandt, Ph.D. In concert with this digital tour, HC is offering three guided tours of the State House Grounds – November 16 (10am), December 7 (10am) and December 15 (2pm).
Tours are free and open to the public; however, attendees are also asked to participate in a follow up, round table discussion on January 26, 27 or 28. These facilitated conversations will encourage participants to think critically about the monuments and discuss the future of the space. Tour numbers are limited and reservations are required.