Aspirations have always been part Columbia’s Historic Waverly, a center of South Carolina’s civil rights movement. Two men, James Baker and Frank Houston, now say it’s time to again turn dreams to reality and restore Waverly, but it remains a struggle.
Sherry Jaco hopes the Olympia-Granby Museum she’s building helps capture the culture of the mill villages she knows from decades of living there. But even as she builds it, museums like this are becoming a part of the very past they aimed to preserve.
Columbia developer Richard Burts has built a reputation taking on projects, such as 701 Whaley and the Palmetto Compress Warehouse, that others said were impossible. Those successes have proved to Burts the value of historic preservation and prompted others to say he really gets it. He talks with us about saving historic Columbia.
Photographer Kathleen Robbins watched the coverage of October’s floods and felt an overwhelming need to help. She grabbed her neighbor Beth Bilderback, an archivist, and they set out door to door in South Beltline to see what they could do. What they found – thousands of damaged photos – proved a welcome challenge.
It’s been more than two years since a developer said he wanted to restore the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Hamilton-Owens Airport. Businessman Scott Linaberry says he’s having trouble securing investors, and he blames the tax code.
By Deborah Swearingen March 26, 2014 As it celebrates its centennial, Columbia’s Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood is cultivating a sense of place in the city by working to preserve its history and build community among its residents.
Preservation organizations are divided on what parts of and how much of the old State Mental Hospital on Bull Street they want to fight to save. It doesn’t look, however, that much will be done to preserve the memories of the patients at was once called the state’s lunatic asylum. One historian thinks the site… Read More Preservationists divided on saving old State Mental Hospital
By Caitlyn McGuire July 22, 2013 At first sight, Columbia looks like a city composed of a large football stadium, some office towers and numerous fast-food chains. Except for a few exceptions, like the Vista, over the past few decades redevelopment has largely meant out with the old and in with the new. This was… Read More Wheeler Hill’s St. James church remains steadfast link to neighborhood’s past
By Caitlyn McGuire July 9, 2013 From the front porch of their Pickens Street house, Frances and Matthew Addison can look out at what seems to be an almost ideal city neighborhood tucked away just beside USC’s campus. Along Wheeler Hill’s winding roads are tall brick houses, neighbors washing their cars and walking their dogs,… Read More Wheeler Hill couple remembers thriving African-American neighborhood