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Main Street: Self-Guided Architectural Walking Tour

  • 1601 Richland Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-7742
  • Fax: 803-929-7695
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
  • Visit Website

Columbia's Main Street boasts architectural styles spanning three centuries that speak to the tastes, interests, and aspirations of persons living and working in South Carolina's state capital. The architectural evolution of this central commercial corridor reads like an epic novel. War, politics, and the economic flow of public and private money have all left their mark on each block. While fire reduced the entirety of Main Street from Gervais to Upper Street to ashes in 1865, waning and waxing interests in the corridor's future have also erased many architecturally significant structures. Fortunately, adaptive re-use of historic structures has begun to promote new businesses, re-established residences, and inform in-fill construction resulting in successful revitalization of one of Columbia's most important thoroughfares. Take this self guided walking tour, provided by Historic Columbia Foundation, to see for yourself.

Tour stops:
1. South Carolina State House
2. Union Bank / Columbia Building / Carolina Life Building
3/4. 1202/1204 Main Street
5. Brennen Building
6. Capitol Center Tower
7. 1241 Main Street
8. First Citizens Bank Building
9. Former Site of 1301/1307 Main Street
10. Meridian Building
11. Arcade Mall
12. Barringer Building
13. 1339 Main Street
14. The Palmetto Building
15. First National Bank
16. Columbia Museum of Art
17. Slyvan Building
18. Kress Building
19. Canal Dime Savings Bank
20. Lorick and Lowrance Mercantile Building
21. Mangels Building
22. 1556 Main Street
23. Berry's On Main / Manson Building
24. 1601 Main Street
25. Theater
26. Kings
27. The Lever Building
28. The Tapp's Building
9. Bouchier Building
30. Eurytania Building
31. The Brown Building
32. The Boyne Building
33. US Courthouse/Post Office/ Columbia City Hall

For more details stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center or the Historic Columbia offices and pick up the full brochure.

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