1501 Senate Street
Thomas Taylor House
Based on plans of Boston architectural firm of Andrews, Jacques, and Rantoul, this Neoclassical building was constructed between 1907 and 1908 for Thomas Taylor, Jr. A prosperous businessman, Taylor was the great-grandson of Colonel Thomas Taylor, a plantation owner and leader in the Revolutionary War whose land became a large portion of the city of Columbia. In 1949, the Taylor family donated the property to the Columbia Art Association, which rehabilitated the building for use as the Columbia Museum of Art from 1950 until 1998. This adaptive use of the building aligned with the construction of commercial and government buildings in the neighborhood during this decade. Today the property is owned by the University of South Carolina, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is protected locally as a Grade I Local Landmark.