Elmwood Park Online Tour
Between June 2022 and June 2023, Historic Columbia partnered with the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association (EPNA) to research the neighborhood's evolution and develop a series of online tours. In conceiving this joint project, made possible through a Richland County Conservation Commission grant and funds derived from the “Nightmare in Elmwood Park” inaugural neighborhood 5K race run in October 2022, the EPNA and Historic Columbia sought to accomplish the following goals for public benefit:
- Enhance public understanding of the neighborhood’s evolution and place in Columbia’s history.
- Promote awareness of the benefits of historic preservation.
- Develop architectural terminology competency.
- Heighten awareness of property associations with important people.
The final deliverable is suitable for walking, cycling, driving, and remote experiences and consists of eight thematic "mini-tours" that explore the history, places, and people of Elmwood Park, providing glimpses into what life was like at different times in the neighborhood's past.
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Thematic Tours (StoryMaps)
Advertisement, The State newspaper, May 8, 1905. (Newsbank)
Detail of 1919 Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Map. (South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia)
Elmwood Electric Streetcar, Broad River Power Company, 1936. (Russell Maxey Photograph Collection, Richland Library)
Margaret & Thomas P. Adams, 1104 Belleview Avenue, ca. 1944. (Midlands Memories Photograph Collection, Richland Library)
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