Historic Resources Survey

Picking up where the Bryan Survey left off in 1993, this architectural survey is intended to capture information related to historic resources in the north part of the city, documenting buildings that were constructed prior to 1975, mostly in areas that have never before been surveyed. This information will be used for planning, preservation, and promotion of the city’s historic resources, in an effort to retain those resources that are important to understanding the built environment of Columbia.  The neighborhoods that will be surveyed are Windemere Springs, College Place, North College Place, and Colonial Park (west of the train tracks only). Surveyors will be out in this area during the month of July but will be gathering information from the right-of-way only.

There will be a public meeting on June 25, 2018 from 5:30-8:00pm at the Eau Claire Print Building (3907 Ensor Avenue). The intent of the meeting will be to introduce the survey project to the neighborhoods, answer questions, and to begin collecting history from neighborhood residents. At this meeting, the consultants hired to do the survey will request public input on properties that should be included in the survey and solicit potential oral history interviews. 

Contact Rachel Walling, Senior Preservation Planner, with any questions regarding the survey.


Park(ing) Day is Coming!

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.   The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

We are excited to announce that the City of Columbia, in partnership with the South Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects and One Columbia for Arts and History, is again helping to facilitate Park(ing) Day, a national event that takes place on Friday, September 21st. This event is about reclaiming on-street parking spaces as public space for people, for one day out of the year (10AM- 4PM). Participants design and install temporary elements that can include seating, art, games, plants, etc. to encourage people to interact in the public right-of-way.  

How to Par(k)ticipate:

  • Get the Application
  • Plan your Park
  • Get the necessary insurance, or if you are an artist or with an arts organization, contact One Columbia ([email protected] or 803-254-5008) for support
  • Complete the Application
  • Submit the Application by 5pm Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Apply to bag your meter by noon, Friday, September 14, 2018


Amplify Columbia: A Cultural Plan for the Columbia Area

Amplify Columbia represents a partnership with One Columbia for Arts and History.  This planning process will result in a regional plan for cultural resources, as well as an update to the Cultural Resource Element of the Comprehensive Plan.

Please visit the Plan website for additional information about how you can join in this planning effort.  

Join us on June 26 from 6:30-8pm at the Norman Arnold Boys and Girls Club of the Midland (1100 S. Holly Street) for the third public town hall meeting about Amplify and the cultural plan for Columbia. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend. Each of town hall discussions will be facilitated and led by Margie Reese and groups of artist facilitators. Attendees will discuss answers to questions like:

  • Do the arts and cultural resources in the Columbia area impact regional growth?
  • Which arts programs are exceptional in our community?
  • When considering the possibility of providing more access to the arts in your neighborhood, which are the three most important factors to be considered?
This summertime town hall will also include discussion about the current Amplify findings about arts and culture in the Midlands thus far.

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For additional information about the above, please contact the Planning Division at 803-545-3222.