Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Columbia Down Under


Weather Update

Attention: the Historic Columbia Behind-the-Scenes-Tour for tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 17) is canceled due to inclement weather. We will work quickly to reschedule for a date in February, and will send a follow-up email as soon as a new date has been arranged. Thanks for your understanding, and we look forward to another great (if slightly delayed) Behind-the-Scenes-Tour. Stay safe out there!

Back by popular demand, Historic Columbia's Behind-the-Scenes Tour series opens the doors to Columbia Down Under from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Experience a group of shops, bars and restaurants that operated between 1972 and 1974 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.

This event is now SOLD OUT!

This Behind-the-Scenes Tour is sponsored by: