Historic Columbia is the primary preservation advocacy organization in Columbia and Richland County. We work with neighborhoods, City and County Council members, property owners and other interested parties to ensure the preservation of essential historic resources in the area. Learn more about local preservation projects and ways you can help advocate for them.
Current Projects and Initiatives
The Seibels House—Columbia’s oldest remaining building—is in critical need. Proceeds from this year’s Annual Fund will enable Historic Columbia to embark on the structural stabilization of this venerable landmark. Built circa 1796, it has hosted Historic Columbia’s administrative offices and has been a popular destination for private events and weddings since 1984, when its ownership was graciously transferred to Historic Columbia from Seibels family descendants.
Bull Street Campus
The Bull Street campus of the South Carolina State Hospital is a unique and important collection of interrelated structures that provide compelling insight into the lives of men, women, and children dealing with mental illness – either as patients, caretakers, or family members – from the early 19th century to the end of the 20th century.
Veterans Administration Regional Office Building
The Veterans Administration Regional Office (VARO) building on Assembly and Laurel streets is significant locally for its architecture. As a mid-century building, its history coincides with the early development and work of the General Services Administration (GSA) and represents the early work of a major southeast architecture firm. The VARO is a very early example of international style modernism in Columbia.
Columbia's Green Book Sites
The Green Book, as it was commonly called, helped African American tourists navigate what was, according to distinguished historian Gretchen Sorin, "an uncertain landscape" that was "composed of white spaces where black people were forbidden or unwelcome." Katharine Allen, our Research & Archives Manager, was recently able to compile a list of Columbia's own Green Book Sites.
Woman's Club of Columbia
Situated on the northeast corner of Blossom and Henderson streets, the Woman’s Club of Columbia building was a downtown landmark for 77 years until its demolition in May 2018. Erected in 1941, the venerable structure stood as a physical testament to generations of women’s activism that began during the Civil War and grew in intensity during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.