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JFER1980

Downtown Columbia pictures (caution large files)

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Ok here are some of my collection of pictures. I of course can't post all of my pictures at once, so I will post more over the next few weeks. I will start with the downtown Financial district, then maybe USC, historic houses etc. I also have a collection from Eau Claire and hope to visit Olympia soon. I took all of these pictures within the past 5 years. Beware the files are huge, and I debated on whether to submit them that way. But I decided to leave them alone, so I apologize if it takes forever to load or you have to move around on your screen to see the entire pic. Enjoy!

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One of Columbia's newest buildings the Meridian Building on Main street. This is the tallest building to be built in Columbia since the 80's. The building has 17 floors and was completed in 2004.

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The Palmetto building (my favorite building in the city), with the Wachovia building (the statest second tallest building)draping to it's north along Main street.

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Another picture of the Palmetto building above the main entrance. You can find similiar versions of this picture in various places around the city. The Palmetto Building was completed in 1913.

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Some of my favorite shots are uncommon ones that capture parts or views of the city people don't always see in pictures. This is one from Sumter street looking at the rear of Tapps and the other Main street buildings.

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The former First Union building at 1441 Main street. The reflection shows the Marriott Hotel (formely Adams Mark of course) and the Wachovia building.

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This picture was just taken a few weeks ago. It's Main street looking south with the State House in view. The new First Citizens Bank building is on the left hand side.

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The reverse view of the above picture facing north on Main street.

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The historic Sylvan's Jewelers building at Main and Hampton streets across the street from Columbia's Marriott Hotel.

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The Palmetto Center building located at the corner of Gervais and Assembly streets. I took the second picture from my friends sunroof while at the Assembly Gervais stoplight. This building is currently the tallest building in South Carolina and has held that title for nearly 20 years now. The building currently displays the Southtrust sign on top and in the past was the AT&T and Affinity. It was completed in 1987.

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The 1200 Main street building on Gervais and Main street across the street from the State House. The First Citizens building is under construction in the background. This building currently houses a live TV Newscast from WOLO Columbia. All of their newscasts are live from the floor of the building. The 10 floor neo-gothic building was completed in 1911.

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The Barringer building on Main street is South Carolina's first skyscraper. It was finished in 1903, and towered above Columbia at a supreme height for several years. The building has 12 floors.

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Another shot of the financial district from Assembly street.

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A few downtown shots from Finley Park.

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A few more Main Street shots

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Hi Jay,

Welcome! Great shots, man. Living in Columbia is a such a blast right now... glad to hear from another enthusiastic resident. Photos are always great. Keep 'em coming.

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Thanks for the pics and welcome. I love how you captured the density of our CBD. That shot from Sumter St is awesome.

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Great pics. You should post some of them in the Southern Photo of the Day thread in the USA South forum.

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Fantastic pics! Indeed, you should them in the Southern Photo of the Day thread... SC needs more variety on that thread (not that I get tired of looking at Greenville). Can't wait to see more!

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Awesome pics! I think I like every single one of them... I look forward to the rest!

BTW its called Finlay Park.

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^^^This image explains why they didn't build FC taller :)

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Awesome pics! I think I like every single one of them... I look forward to the rest!

BTW its called Finlay Park.

^^^This image explains why they didn't build FC taller :)

I didn't get it Spartan. Why? Was it b/c you think it would've blocked the statehouse from that view because it wouldn't?

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The fomer SouthTrust tower is 25 stories and is located right across from First Citizens. There's no reason why First Citizens shouldn't have been at least 15 stories.

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Could it be that you feel it would disrupt the height balances of the neighboring buildings? I honestly don't like the top of the First Citizens building. I think it could have been a little taller, but also I think it looks like they didn't finish. There doesn't seem to be a finality to the top of the building. It's almost like they had to abruptly stop. They started with the more narrow upper floors which began the top of the building, but then stopped before making a classy roof to go with a classy building. It kind of looks to me like the top part broke off or the lid popped off. I think everyone was expecting this building to be a lot taller when it was being built and in turn produced a lot of dissapointment. To me 5 more floors would have been acceptable. As it stands now, it's hard to find the building in the skyline depending on the angle your looking.

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I actually like the top of the building; I think it's appropriate for its height. However, if it were to be taller, I think it should have looked something like the attached:

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I actually like the top of the building; I think it's appropriate for its height. However, if it were to be taller, I think it should have looked something like the attached:

Krazee, that building would look good in Columbia, where is it located?

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I didn't get it Spartan. Why? Was it b/c you think it would've blocked the statehouse from that view because it wouldn't?

Symmetry. And it sort of recreates that "gateway" concept that they used however many years ago.

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Krazee, that building would look good in Columbia, where is it located?

That was a proposal in Raleigh that never saw the light of day from what I understand.

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Symmetry. And it sort of recreates that "gateway" concept that they used however many years ago.

gotcha!

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Great pics, but a small correction. The building you called the Palmetto Center is actually the Capitol Center. I work in the Palmetto Center, and it's the 20 story building attached to the Marriot Hotel on Main...some call it the Wachovia Building because of the Wachovia name on the top.

One other thing that stands out about those pics...some people like to say Columbia's downtown is nothing but concrete, asphault, and steel...but you can plainly see just how green downtown is in the pics. Large oak and palmetto trees everywhere.

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