The guided tours begin at the South Carolina State House at Main and Gervais Streets and explore architectural styles spanning three centuries that speak to the tastes, interests and aspirations of persons living and working in South Carolina’s second state capital. Tours cost $20 for Historic Columbia members and $25 for the general public, and admission includes two beverages and appetizers along the way.
Main Street’s architecture speaks to the tastes, interests and aspirations of people living in the state’s second capital city, despite a turbulent history. “The architectural evolution of this central commercial corridor reads like an epic novel,” says John Sherrer, Historic Columbia director of cultural resources. “Tour attendees will learn about the mark left on Main Street from war, politics, and the ebb and flow of public and private money.”
While fire in 1865 reduced the entirety of Main Street from Gervais to Upper Street (Elmwood Avenue) to ashes, waning and waxing interests in the corridor’s future also have erased many architecturally significant structures. Adaptive use of historic structures has promoted new businesses, re- established residences and informed in-fill construction resulting in successful revitalization of one of Columbia’s most important thoroughfares.
For reservations for these tours, please call 803.252.1770 ext 23 or email email@example.com.
Source: HCF Press Release
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