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Downtown Columbia Pictures (caution large files)

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Ok, Sorry this has taken so long, but I've been incredibly busy this week. I'm posting some more of my pictures of Columbia. This set is historic buildings. I have posted a few of Columbia's historic buildings in the downtown area. Enjoy!




The State House- Construction began in 1855 and never actually was completed until around 1900. The original plans for the State House were destroyed when Sherman burned Columbia, so today's State House is very different than originally planned.


The Town Theatre-Built in 1924, the Town theatre is the longest continuous running theatre in the United States.


1619 Sumter street




Sylvan's Jewelers at Main and Hampton Streets


Tapps Department store on Main Street. This picture was taken from the rear on Sumter street



The Ebenezer Lutheran Church (Chapel)- This building was constructed in 1870 after the original structure was heavily damaged when Columbia was burned by Sherman. The building was rededicated in 1993 as the Ebenezer Lutheran Chapel. The latest building stands next door on the corner.


Columbia's First Baptist Church-This building was home to the Secession Convention. After moving to Charleston because of a disease outbreak in the Columbia area, the convention decided to withdraw from the Union.


Mutual and Provident Assoc building-Notice the Free Masons sign at the top of the building.



Columbia First Presbyterian Church-At one time this church was the tallest structure in Columbia, and became target practive for the Union Troops before crossing the Congaree river when Sherman burned the city. The church was never hit and survived the fire with little damage.


Columbia Trinity church-Across the street from the State House this church is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It was built in 1812.


The Big Apple-Originally built as a Jewish synagogue this building later became a very popular dance hall. It's located directly behind the Richland County Public Library.


The Luther Lee building-Lady and Lincoln streets


The Gervais Street bridge

That's all for now but I will post some more soon.

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