1 Justice Square
Police Headquarters and City Jail
When designed by architect George Lafaye and constructed at 1417 Lincoln Street in 1913 for $65,000, Columbia’s Police Headquarters was said to rival Atlanta’s municipal facilities. At that time, the Georgian Revival structure separated men from women and blacks from whites while featuring a courtroom, offices, cells, apartments for jailers, a gymnasium and hospital, and stables for horses. Rehabilitation in 1997 into a modern headquarters complex retained the character of the early 20th-century historic building.