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Here are some pictures I took during "Urban Access Columbia" hosted by the Historic Columbia Foundation
The Historic Columbia Foundation held an "Urban Assets Tour" on April 29, 2006 showing historic Main Street structures that are being (or are already) converted into residences. I have also included pictures of installment art and other surrounding buildings to get a feel for the space. Aside from the Barringer Building and the Arcade Mall, all of these residences are in the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Main Street; between the 2 main areas of office buildings on and around Main Street.


The red brick Barringer Building (1903) was Columbia's first skyscraper and is being converted into apartments




The lobby



A bank occupies the retail space on the ground floor



an old mail chute



an apartment interior under construction





The view toward the northwest includes 1401 Main Street, the Wachovia Building and the Palmetto Building on the right



The western view has Washington Square in the foreground (right), another office building and the Congaree Vista followed by West Columbia and Cayce in the distance



looking northeast with the Palmetto Building and the old Security Federal Building



looking west with Congaree Vista Buildings and in the top right corner, Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia



southeast view towards USC and Five Points



A rare close-up of the top of the Palmetto Building



The Arcade Mall is next door to the Barringer Building and is the site of an installment art sculpture























A hair salon in the Arcade Building; most of the stores were already closed late this Saturday afternoon.



The basement of the Arcade Building used to be "Downunder Columbia", the site of a number of restaurants and bars in the 1970's. I expect it to regain its glory in the very near future.







The Sherlock Holmes Pub used to be located in the basement of the Palmetto Building; now that the building is being renovated into a Sheraton Boutique Hotel, the hotel restaurant will be located there and Sherlock Holmes will be moving into the basement of the old McCrory Building, another building on this tour being converted into residences.



The Palmetto Building; being renovated into a Sheraton Boutique Hotel



The next tour was of the old Kress Building. One of the best things about all of these newly residential buildings is that there are retail establishments on all of the ground floors. Rising High Restaurant is in this building.



the courtyard entrance



This is the lobby with art deco features; the apartment on the tour was occupied so I didn't take pictures of the inside.



Building info



More Installment Art





An architectural firm is also located in the building and this is their conference room.



Leaving the courtyard with a sculpture by renowned Columbia Artist, Blue Sky, at the end.



The old Kress Building surrounds the beautiful Sylvans Jewelers Building; probably the finest Victorian building in Columbia.







Hampton Street Vineyard is a restaurant located in the basement of the Sylvans Jewelers Building. The jewelry store has been there since 1897 and the building also houses offices.



1520 Main Street is a 4 story new construction that will house condominiums and is next door to the Kress Building Apartments.







Street art



Next to the 1520 Main new construction is the renovated Canal Dime Savings Bank Building. One of the condos was open for viewing, but it was occupied so I didn't take pictures. The interior was gorgeous and had a beautiful view of Main Street and the Columbia Museum of Art across the street. It also had an awesome huge rear balcony.



Further up the same block are the former Silvers and McCrory Buildings. The Silvers Building is now occupied and renovations have just begun on the old McCrory's Building.





Silvers' apartments entrance in rear





Looking south from the Silvers Building



McCrory Building construction; the Sherlock Holmes Pub is moving into the basement



The former Berry's on Main Building is in the next block and has been converted into apartments; The ground floor contains a clothing store, barber shop and soon, a Chinese restaurant.



Exterior





Entrance



The former Tapp's Department Store is now apartments and businesses; the basement houses the Firm Aerobics Studio and the ground floor houses The Factory Gym.













Tapp's Apartments











Looking southeast from the Tapp's Building



Looking south



Looking north



Looking northeast



A northeast closeup shows Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in the distance along with the Marion Street Highrise.



The old Greyhound Bus Station is next door; I've always wanted to open a dance club there.




Columbia's oldest Italian restaurant, Villa Tronco, is across the street in Columbia's oldest fire station.



Hennessy's Restaurant is on the other side of Main Street from Tapp's.



A street concert was being setup in the next block



Tapp's is diagonally across from the Richland County Courthouse.



More installment art; this one was unfortunately "cleaned up" by the Main Street Beautification Team after a serious windstorm had blown it down; very embarassing.



More Installment Art





The Columbia Museum of Art is across the street from the Kress Building, 1520 Main and the old Canal Dime Savings Bank. Who can remember when Macy's was in this building?



ththth...that's all folks!
 

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looks like you got some pictures twice...
Good pictures though! wouldnt ming living in one of those apartments.
 

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awesome. i'm excited about returning.

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I took a shot of Main about two weeks ago, on Easter Sunday. Just thought I'd share it here:



Remember, it was Easter Sunday, so that would explain the lack of activity.

This part of Main has already been streetscaped, unlike the part of Main that most of the residential developments are happening on as depicted in Matt's photos. Also, the lightpost has the city seal incorporated within the top arch, which is pretty cool.
 

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That's a nice photo, Krazee; hopefully when the Barringer Building is apartments and the Palmetto Building is a Sheraton by next year, this scene will be busy even on a holiday.
 

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Definitely. I can't wait to see the same type of mast arm/pole traffic signal on Main after the rest of the streetscaping is completed.
 

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waccamatt said:
Thanks Raleigh; let me know if you're ever in the vicinity and I'll give you a tour.
You bet, I will :lol: In fact, this morning, I was looking at the map to see what is the best way to get to Columbia. I really want to visit your city and check it out. Hopefully, y'all can give me a tour of your city, downtown area in particular. The best way to appreciate a place is to visit it.

krazeeboi, that photo you posted is FANTASTIC :eek:kay: Looks like you used some sort of diffusing filter, right? It makes the photo even more interesting, but one way or another this is a big city street image and I can appreciate it. Very impressive!!!
 

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Definitely impressive pictures - I really like all the old buildings, I'm glad to see they have been preserved so nicely and now are being renovated for new uses. I'll definitely have to get down there one weekend and check this place out.
 

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Raleigh-NC said:
krazeeboi, that photo you posted is FANTASTIC :eek:kay: Looks like you used some sort of diffusing filter, right? It makes the photo even more interesting, but one way or another this is a big city street image and I can appreciate it. Very impressive!!!
Actually I didn't. I just bought a Sony DSC-W7 not too long ago and I'm still learning it, as it's my first digital camera. I have bought a high zoom lens and a wide angle lens, and I'm SO ready to use them! Thanks for the compliment!

As I was doing calculations for residential units under construction, I was surprised to discover that there are around 1,500 residential units under construction in and around downtown. Not too shabby for a city of 121,000 and a metro of 690,000.
 

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You fooled me!!! The end result is awesome. And I also have to agree with Justin, I like the preservation of older buildings and how nicely they mix with modern towers.

Justin, maybe we can organize a visit: Triangle forumers invade Columbia, SC, grab lots of photos, and then leave :lol:
 

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I know when Fayetteville Street is reopened, I'll DEFINITELY have to get up to Raleigh--even if it's on the Amtrak from Charlotte just for the day.
 

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I promise to post a nice thread on Fayetteville Street once it is almost open. Today, I went there for a walk: hit Carolina Cafe for a chocolate croissant and then Sosta Cafe for a cold Minkiaccino. As I walked along Fayetteville Str I developed mixed feelings. During the first two blocks, to the North, the pedestrian traffic wasn't as dense as usual, but when I stood at the site where RBC Centura's new HQ will go, I looked toward the South and saw an image that only true cities have. The level of activity was truly high and people were popping up all over the place. Even better, pedestrian activity was high along Wilmington Str, too - it is parallel to Fayetteville Str. Your Main Str photo came to my mind, right away ;) I know that Fayetteville Street will be a major victory for DT Raleigh, but it will take a few months before we see new cafes, restaurants and clubs appearing. The plans are there and I can see some renovations under way, but outside Yancy's nobody knows exactly where most of the proposed venues will be.

Back to Columbia, I am very serious about visiting your city. Not only I like what I see in the photos, but I am amazed with the new proposals. I know that some forumers are skeptic about overbuilding, but we know that once a few projects break ground, the domino effect will work, as it mostly does. One of the things I like about Columbia's skyline is that the towers are not concentrated along 1-2 streets. There is depth in the skyline, much like Asheville and Winston-Salem - Raleigh will soon join the club - which makes the core look more attractive. How else can we maintain some nice historic buildings, without missing the opportunities for new towers? You guys have lots to be proud of and I am glad that we have created a silent alliance; happiness always doubles when more people share it ;)
 

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Yeah, now the capital cities of the Carolinas can double team Charlotte! :D

But seriously, I actually wonder if back in the day, Columbia and Raleigh were taking cues from each other. The histories of both cities are very similar: carved out of virtual wilderness as a new capital city, being located on a fall line. Both cities right now have abandoned prisons and mental health facilities in/close to downtown that are on the verge of being redeveloped. The main streets of both cities end at their capitols. It really is something to think about.
 

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krazeeboi said:
Yeah, now the capital cities of the Carolinas can double team Charlotte! :D

But seriously, I actually wonder if back in the day, Columbia and Raleigh were taking cues from each other. The histories of both cities are very similar: carved out of virtual wilderness as a new capital city, being located on a fall line. Both cities right now have abandoned prisons and mental health facilities in/close to downtown that are on the verge of being redeveloped. The main streets of both cities end at their capitols. It really is something to think about.
Krazee, I think you can post that on SSC without fear of retribution like on some other unnamed sites, lol. Raleigh (I always refer to you as Penguin because of your avatar), maybe we could do a return visit. I'll be in the Raleigh/Durham area in September for NC Pride and it might be fun to do a tour of Raleigh. I've visited a number of times for various events (USC/NC State football games/women's NCAA East Regional/Pride), but I've never really seen a large part of the city. The extreme growth is very exciting, but I bet fearful in some cases, too.

P.S. These are my 2 favorite shots of Columbia. I have them on the Columbia skyline poll, but I don't think I've posted them in this section. Why don't you post your favorite Raleigh shots?





I need to update those 2 shots now that First Citizens is completed.
 

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Columbia and Raleigh may have a lot more in common than many realize. Although I have never been to Columbia - did I mention that I am looking forward to visiting? :lol: - I can see that both cities follow similar direction when it comes to urban renewal. Not only both cities preserve as much of their history as possible, but they place emphasis on the street-level experience. Take the Innovista project, for example. It reminds me a bit of the Centennial Campus (look at the Venture Center entry in the link below for access to information), except that the former will mix uses much better. I remember reading about Innovista in the following:

http://www.craigdavisproperties.com/pages/properties.htm

Never thought it was going to be as urban as a recent post showed - in a different thread, or course. What makes me like DT Columbia even more is the diversified use. From what I see, it is not strictly a corporate, academic, government, entertainment, or cultural district. There is a lot more to it.

As for combining Columbia and Raleigh to "beat" Charlotte - I know it was meant as a joke - I can say one thing: no need. DT Columbia & DT Raleigh are following a different path than Uptown Charlotte. Our cities are focusing on a smaller scale, yet they will get the whole urban experience completed before the Queen City. Of course, when Charlotte is "done" filling up the empty lots, it will have the true big city image, which neither Raleigh, nor Columbia will be able to compete against. In the past, I have said many times that Raleigh (and Columbia, to stay in sync with this thread) will be like Portland, and Charlotte will be like Seattle ;) Charlotte must be admired for the vision, but there are things in our cities that we could be proud of, too.

Waccamatt, I have already hijacked the thread with my mention of Raleigh, so I will spare you any photos of the latter. I will place a few links and if anyone is interested feel free to click and see some of the images I like a lot. I truly feel bad to [directly] post photos that are unrelated to the topic:

http://www.pbase.com/raleighmsa/image/58271784

http://www.pbase.com/raleighmsa/image/58271799

http://www.pbase.com/raleighmsa/image/58271775

http://www.pbase.com/raleighmsa/image/58271721

http://www.pbase.com/raleighmsa/image/58271703

http://www.pbase.com/raleighmsa/image/58271677

http://www.pbase.com/raleighmsa/image/56278433

http://www.pbase.com/raleighmsa/image/56278672

The last image (^^) sort of reminds me of your first image (in your last post). It makes the skyline appear somewhat linear, but also rich!!! The second image is great and I never get tired seeing it. I wonder if you can take the same photo on a cooler day because the heat seems to create some minor distortion and this angle looks truly awesome :eek:kay:
 
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