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Tuesday, April 20th
11 a.m. — 12 p.m.
Building Columbia: Architecture from 1786 to Today
$30 for Non-Members
$20 for Historic Columbia Members
$10 Lourie Center Full members
South Carolina’s capital city features a conglomerate of building forms and aesthetics reflecting a wide range of design trends and construction methodologies. As the first planned city in the United States, Columbia has experienced an architectural evolution involving both unique and formulaic responses to each generation’s needs and tastes.
Explore four centuries of Columbia as we take a deep dive into buildings present and long-gone, each of which have played their own role in shaping what we know as Columbia in 2021. Participants will learn of the forces that shaped (and sacked) the capital city’s built environment from 1786 to the present. We will explore the role that historic preservation has played in retaining tangible links to our past while providing unique venues suitable for contemporary demands. Simultaneously you will learn the nomenclature behind the structure. Curious about the difference between a muntin and a mullion? Come and find out that answer and many more to the questions you may have about the buildings you encounter.
Instructor John Sherrer is Director of Cultural Resources at Historic Columbia, overseeing the administration of the organization’s museums, horticultural, facilities, and research departments, sharing historic preservation advocacy responsibilities with the executive director.