Call for Entries! Historic Columbia is Now Taking Nominations for the 2019 Preservation Awards


1633-35 Main Street Photo Caption: 2018 Adaptive Use Winner. Built in the aftermath of the Civil War, John C. Seegers' and Christopher C. Habenicht's saloon and brewery opened in late 1865. Today, the narrow, Italianate style building houses Lula Drake Wine Parlour, Pilates Bodies By Victoria and the Pastor's Study.

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 — Historic Columbia is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Preservation Awards. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 11.

Help Historic Columbia recognize the commendable efforts of citizens of Columbia and Richland County by nominating projects that fall into the following categories:

  • Preservation/Restoration

Historically significant structures restored to their original design and function. Recent recipients: Seegers-Habenicht Building, 4017 Kilbourne Road, 301 South Saluda Avenue, Nickelodeon Theatre

  • Adaptive Use

Structures rehabilitated with sensitivity to the historic fabric that function in a way that is different from its original intent.
Recent recipients: Curtiss-Wright Hangar, Indah Coffee / Circa Barber Shop, The Grand / Robinson Building, The Parker Annex, Studio 2LR / Wilson Upholstery Building, The War Mouth, City Market Antique Mall

  • New Construction in an Historic Context

New buildings in an historic district adjacent to or within existing historic structures that complement the historic context.
Recent recipients: Green Tree House at Wavering Place, Shandon Presbyterian, South Carolina State Museum

  • Preservation Leadership

Nominations in this category will recognize an individual, corporation, governmental agency, community or neighborhood association that has contributed to the advancement of historic preservation in the region.
Recent recipients: Waverly Neighborhood Association, Derek Gruner, Rosie Craig, First Citizens, Martha Fowler

Nominations should be limited to projects completed within the last five years and located in Columbia and Richland County. Only completed projects will be considered. Nominations are due by Monday, Feb. 11. Recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 1. Nomination forms are available at or by emailing LCarlisle@historiccolumbia.orgClick here for images from last year’s award ceremony.

About Historic Columbia Foundation:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube.


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