List of Famous Columbia Buildings & Structures Buildings

List of Famous Columbia Buildings & Structures

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Columbia skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Columbia architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Columbia are included on this list. Information about these Columbia buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Columbia and older historic landmarks.

Buildings here include everything from South Carolina State Museum to James K. Polk House.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Columbia?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Columbia. Famous architectural houses within the city of Columbia are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.


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    Adair County Courthouse

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    • City/Town: Columbia, Kentucky, USA
    • Style: Gothic architecture
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    Alston House

    Alston House, also known as McDuffie's Antiques, is located at 1811 Gervais St. in Columbia, South Carolina. The Greek Revival style house was built in 1872, and is significant for its architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1872
    • Style: Greek Revival
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    Arsenal Hill

    Arsenal Hill is a neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina. Arsenal Hill was one of the first residential neighborhoods in the city and was the site of an arsenal during the Civil War. The South Carolina Governor's Mansion is located in Arsenal Hill. The current Governor's mansion is the only building ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area, South Carolina, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1850
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    Ballenger Building

    Ballenger Building
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    The Ballenger Building in downtown Columbia, Missouri was listed by the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Today it holds Kaldi's Coffee House.more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, Missouri, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1928
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    Boone County Courthouse

    Boone County Courthouse
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    The Boone County Courthouse is the location of the 13th Judicial Circuit of Missouri covering Boone and Callaway counties. The courthouse is located in the Boone County Government Complex in downtown Columbia, Missouri. It is the third court at this location. The first of which housed a studio of George ...more

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    • City/Town: Missouri, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1909
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    Building at 1210-1214 Main Street

    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 ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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    Building at 1644 Main Street

    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 ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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    Building at 1722-1724 Main Street

    Building at 1722-1724 Main Street, also known as the Bouchier Building, is a historic commercial building located at 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. It was added to the National Register of ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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    Building at 303 Saluda Avenue

    Building at 303 Saluda Avenue, also known as John C. Heslep House, is a historic home located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built about 1917 as a two-story brick residence, then remodeled and rebuilt in the Spanish Colonial Revival style in 1927-1928. It features a low-pitched tile roof, coarse ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    • Style: Mission Revival Style architecture
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    Caldwell-Hampton-Boylston House

    Caldwell-Hampton-Boylston House is a historic home located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built between 1820 and 1830, and is a three-story, five bay, clapboard clad frame dwelling in the Greek Revival style. It features a two-story, projecting front porch. Also on the property is contributing ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    • Style: Greek Revival
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    Canal Dime Savings Bank

    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 ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    • Style: Romanesque architecture
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    Capitol Center

    Capitol Center
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    Capitol Center is a skyscraper in Columbia, South Carolina. At 106.4 m, it is the tallest office building in South Carolina. The capital center tower has about 2,000 people inside working every week and about 400 offices. A 25 story skyscraper, it was the tallest structure in South Carolina from its ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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    Carver Theatre

    Carver Theatre is a historic African American movie theater in Columbia, South Carolina. It was built in 1941, and is a two-story, rectangular, brick commercial building. It has a flat roof and a vertical marquee. It operated as a moie theater until 1971. It was listed on the National Register of ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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    Central Dairy Building

    The Central Dairy Building in downtown Columbia, Missouri was built in 1927 to house the headquarters of the Central Dairy Company. Today the building houses an appliance store and restaurants on the first floor and lofts on the second.more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, Missouri, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1927
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    Chapelle Administration Building

    The Chappelle Administration Building, on the campus of Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, was designed by John Anderson Lankford, known as the “dean of black architects.” The building name has been spelled Chapelle Administration Building in HABS and NPS reports. It was declared a National ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
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    Chesnut Cottage

    Chesnut Cottage is a historic home located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built between 1855 and 1860, and is a 1 1/2-story, Classical Revival style frame house, with a central dormer with an arched window. It features projecting front portico with octagonal columns and ironwork and wood ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    • Style: Classical Revival
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    Coca-Cola Bottling Company Building

    Coca-Cola Bottling Company Building
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    The Coca-Cola Bottling Company Building is located on Hitt Street in Downtown Columbia, Missouri. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and today houses Uprise Bakery, Ragtag Cinema, Ninth Street Video, and Hitt Records.more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, Missouri, USA
    • Style: Colonial Revival architecture
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    The Columbia City Hall, in Columbia, South Carolina, also known as Old United States Court House and Post Office, was built in 1870. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It includes Renaissance architecture. It served historically as a courthouse and as a post office.more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    • Style: Renaissance architecture
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    Columbia National Guard Armory

    The National Guard Armory in Columbia, Missouri was built as a Works Progress Administration project in 1940. The art deco building on Walnut Street sits on the north side of downtown Columbia. Today the building is owned by the city and used as a youth recreation center.more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, Missouri, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1940
    • Style: Art Deco
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    Confederate Printing Plant

    Confederate Printing Plant is a historic industrial building located at Columbia, South Carolina. It was built in 1864, and is a large two-story, Greek Revival style brick structure. Originally it was a one-story structure, but enlarged to two-stories after the building was burned in February 1865 by ...more

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    • City/Town: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
    • Style: Greek Revival
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