Columbia’s City Center Partnership plans to announce an expansion of the National Register of Historic Places on Monday at 1 p.m. in front of Michael’s Café & Catering at 1620 Main St.
The announcement, to be made in conjunction with Historic Columbia, will reveal that portions of Main, Blanding, Taylor and Sumter Streets have been officially listed on The National Register of Historic Places. The Columbia Commercial Historic District incorporates buildings within the 1500 to 1700 blocks of Columbia’s Main Street and contiguous properties on Blanding, Taylor and Sumter streets, including 21 city landmarks and 10 structures listed individually in the National Register.
Following additional façade restoration or rehabilitation, up to 22 additional buildings may be eligible for consideration.
Architectural styles extending over a three-century period grace Columbia’s Main Street. In past eras, some original structures were demolished by a major 1865 fire or via varied involvements shaping the corridor’s profile over the years. The district’s most intact zone includes the Sylvan Building (c.1871), Kress (1934), the former Fox Theater (1870s), and the Brown Building (1901).
“We are very excited about this new designation of our historic district,” City Center Partnership CEO and President Matt Kennell said. “Our commercial corridor can now be preserved and celebrated…Those businesses have invested considerable resources in developing the Vista into a successful urban district.”
City Center Partnership Inc. (CCP) is a nonprofit organization managing South Carolina’s only managed Business Improvement District in a 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion streets in downtown Columbia. The organization is funded by the property owners within the 36-block area.