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Thursday, January 9th
6 — 7:30 p.m.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Columbia Down Under
Equitable Arcade Building : 1332 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Back by popular demand, Historic Columbia's Behind-the-Scenes Tour series opens the doors to Columbia Down Under from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9. Experience a group of shops, bars and restaurants that operated between 1972 and 1977 just below the surface of the Arcade Mall on the 1300 block of Columbia's Main Street. Guests will have a chance to speak with the property owners and learn about future plans for the Equitable Arcade. While taking this exclusive tour, enjoy wine, beer and light hors d'oeuvres.
The Arcade Mall was Columbia's first indoor shopping center. The Equitable Real Estate Company, a group of Columbia businessmen that included prominent banker and developer Edwin Wales Robertson, constructed this building in 1912 at a reputed cost of $200,000.00. At the time it was built, the Arcade Mall was strategically situated within a very popular section of this main commercial district. The structure’s proximity to the Barringer Building, Columbia’s first sky-scraper, undoubtedly ensured its tenants’ exposure to large numbers of pedestrians conducting business downtown. Columbia Down Under sought to mimic the success of Underground Atlanta, but its initial success succumbed to the suburbanization that plagued the stores and businesses located above. Today, Columbia Down Under is remembered as a unique attempt to capitalize on the Arcade Building's location and architectural layout.
Don’t miss out! There is limited availability and tickets will be offered to Historic Columbia members at $35 per member. As this is a very popular tour, we’re allowing 1 ticket per Individual membership and 2 tickets for a Household membership. We are also offering a special Holiday Membership Bundle:
- Individual membership & One Down Under Tour Ticket $70 ($85 Value)
- Household membership & Two Down Under Tickets $ 115 ($145 Value)
These bundles can be purchased over the phone through our Development Coordinator, Charles Calhoun. Please call 803.252.7742 ext. 15 for more information.
Discover Columbia's past through historic images and research from the Cultural Resources team by picking up a copy of Remembering Columbia by our own John Sherrer, available at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.