Wales Garden Plaques
In 2019, the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association partnered with Historic Columbia to research 50 residences with the goal of determining the date of construction and architect or builder. Funding from the Richland County Conservation Commission (RCCC) and contributions by individual owners led to the completion of this work later that year.
This project has provided residents and historians with a greater understanding of local architects, especially Arthur W. Hamby, George E. Lafaye, and Harold Tatum, commissioned by early Wales Garden residents. Furthermore, it documented the development of Myrtle Court under Julius H. Walker’s companies as a forerunner to similar construction schemes scene in Hollywood, Oak Court, and Rose Hill.
Wales Garden residents who would like to install a plaque may contact Kate Boyd and Katharine Allen for fabrication and research fees, respectively. Neighborhood associations who are interested in participating in a similar project should contact Robin Waites for more information.