16 Sights in Columbia, United States (with Map and Images)

Here you can find interesting sights in Columbia, United States. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 16 sights are available in Columbia, United States.

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1. First Columbia Baptist Church

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The James Petigru Boyce Chapel is a historic church building at 1306 Hampton Street in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a Greek Revival building built in 1859. A convention met here on December 17, 1860, whose delegates voted unanimously for South Carolina to secede from the United States, leading to the American Civil War. It was designated a National Historic Landmark as First Baptist Church, the role it played at the time. The building is part of the facilities complex of the First Baptist Church, Columbia- a Southern Baptist megachurch.

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2. Efird's Department Store

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Efird's Department Store, also known as Lourie's Department Store, is a historic department store building located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built about 1870, and is a rectangular brick building renovated and expanded in 1919. This included the addition of a third story and the installation of a new brick façade and store entrances. Between 1919 and 1958, it housed the Columbia branch of the Charlotte, North Carolina based Efird's Department Store chain. It currently houses a Mast General Store, which moved in on May 25, 2011.

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3. Columbia Canal Power Plant

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Columbia Canal Power Plant Jack Boucher / Public domain

The Columbia Canal is the surviving canal of a series of canals built by the State of South Carolina in 1824 using the labor of indentured Irishmen to provide direct water routes between the upstate settlements and the towns on the Fall Line. It is on the Congaree and Broad rivers in Columbia, South Carolina. It is the focal point of the Riverfront Park in Columbia. The canal is now used to generate hydroelectric power by the South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.

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4. Tapp's Art Center

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The Building at 1644 Main Street, also known as Tapp's Department Store, is a historic commercial building located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built in 1940, and enlarged in 1950. It is a five- to seven-story, Depression Modern building faced in stucco and dark tremolite stone. Above the main entrance is a distinctive clock face and a sign with large freestanding letters. Tapp's Department Store closed in 1995.

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5. Kress Building

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Kress Building is a historic commercial building located at Columbia, South Carolina across the street from the Columbia Museum of Art. It was built in 1934 by S. H. Kress & Co., and is a two-story, Art Deco style building faced with white terra cotta and colored terra cotta ornamentation. It features rounded storefront windows and cornice that contains the word "Kress" and surmounted by a stepped parapet.

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6. National Loan and Exchange Bank Building

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National Loan and Exchange Bank Building, also known as the Barringer Building, is a historic bank and office building located at 1338 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina. It was built in 1903, and is a 12-story, steel frame building faced in brick and stone. It measures 184 feet high and is considered Columbia's first skyscraper. The building was owned by the Barringer Corporation from 1953 until 1974.

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7. Strom Thurmond Federal Building and United States Courthouse

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Strom Thurmond Federal Building and United States Courthouse Carol M. Highsmith / Public domain

The Strom Thurmond Federal Building and United States Courthouse is United States federal building located in Columbia, South Carolina, which was completed in 1979 and which served for twenty-five years as a courthouse of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. It is named for long-time Senator Strom Thurmond, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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8. South Carolina State House

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South Carolina State House en:User:Florencebballer / Public domain

The South Carolina State House is the building housing the government of the U. S. state of South Carolina, which includes the South Carolina General Assembly and the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. Located in the capital city of Columbia near the corner of Gervais and Assembly Streets, the building also housed the Supreme Court until 1971.

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9. Capitol Café

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Building at 1210–1214 Main Street, also known as Capitol Café, is a historic commercial building located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built by 1871, and is a two-story, seven bay, stuccoed brick building. A cast-iron railing extends across central three bays of the second floor. The Capitol Café was previously located in the building since 1913.

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10. Greyhound Bus Depot

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Greyhound Bus Depot Jack Boucher / Public domain

The Greyhound Bus Depot is a former Greyhound Lines intercity bus station in Columbia, South Carolina. It is at 1200 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia. The depot was named to the National Register of Historic Places on December 28, 1989. After the bus terminal was closed, the building became a bank. Currently, it is a physician's office.

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11. Town Theatre

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Town Theatre is a historic community theatre located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built in 1924, and is a rectangular brick building with a two-story glazed central arch with Art Deco influences. A brick annex was added to the rear of the building in the 1950s. It houses one of the first community theatres in the United States.

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12. Canal Dime Savings Bank

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Canal Dime Savings Bank, also known as Eckerd's Drug Store, is a historic bank building located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built between 1892 and 1895, and is a three-story, Romanesque Revival style brick building with a granite façade and red barrel tile roof. The building was purchased by Eckerd's Drug Store in 1936.

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13. Trinity Cathedral

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Trinity Episcopal Church, now known as Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, is the first Episcopal and the oldest surviving sanctuary in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a Gothic Revival church that is modeled after York Minster in York, England. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places on February 24, 1971.

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14. Palmetto Building

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Palmetto Building Jack Boucher / Public domain

The Palmetto Building, built during 1912–1913, is an early skyscraper in Columbia, South Carolina. It was designed by architect Julius Harder, and Wilson and Sompayrac served as supervising architects. Upon completion it was the tallest building in South Carolina.

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15. Consolidated Building

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Consolidated Building Jack Boucher / Public domain

Consolidated Building is a historic commercial building located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built in 1912, and is a two-story building faced with elaborate colored and glazed terra cotta. The second floor features a central tripartite round-headed window.

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16. Bouchier Building

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The Bouchier Building is a historic commercial building located in Columbia, South Carolina. It was built in 1913–14, and is a three-story, terra cotta faced building with large areas of glass on the upper floors.

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