Each year Historic Columbia celebrates Preservation Month through an awards program recognizing notable examples of preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration projects that have maintained or added to Columbia and Richland County’s historical, architectural, and cultural heritage. When merited, persons or entities whose contributions have advanced local preservation efforts are championed through the distinguished Preservation Leadership Award.
Nominations in this category recognize an individual, corporation, governmental agency, community, or neighborhood association that has significantly contributed to the advancement of historic preservation in the community.
Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Commercial, Institutional, Rental or Municipal)
This award celebrates commercial, institutional, rental, or municipal projects that follow the National Park Service's definitions of preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration.
- 1209-1211 Gadsden Street/Gadsden Place
- 1639-1643 & 1645 Main Street/Smoked
- 701 Whaley/The Pool at 701 Whaley
Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Residential)
Historic Columbia’s Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Residential) award recognizes projects that follow the same, previously listed definitions, but applied to single-family homes.
- 1221 Pine Street
- 1227 Maple
Recipients of the award Revitalization/All Categories may include renovations to historic properties that are not academically correct, or new construction in a historic district that is of exceptional quality or sparks new investment. This award also includes projects or work that make special contributions to the community and/or a pioneering investment in historic districts in need of revitalization.
- 1649 Main Street/Hendrix
- 1321 Lady Street/1321 Lofts
- Rosewood Elementary School Library
- 1107 Williams Street/Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center
Preservation Award Plaque
While May is Preservation Month, Historic Columbia would like to encourage the community to recognize the significance of these award-winning projects all year. To that end, we have established a Preservation Plaque program. These plaques are designed for and available to recipients of Preservation Awards past and present.
We hold an annual Preservation Awards Luncheon each year to celebrate the accomplishments of local architectural, construction and rehabilitation projects and leaders. The awards recognize local projects that have maintained or added to the historical, architectural and cultural heritage throughout Columbia and Richland County in the following categories. In addition...