Historic Columbia.  We’re excited to announce the recipients of our 2018 Preservation Awards. Each May, in conjunction with National Preservation Month, we present these awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to support the Midlands’ economy and culture. These awards, presented on Thursday, May 3 at our annual Preservation Awards Luncheon, encourage and promote the importance of local preservation.  Read the full article here.

Adaptive Use, Award Overview~ Structures rehabilitated with sensitivity to the historic fabric that function in a way that is different from its original intent.

Two winners are from Cottontown

Indah Coffee/Circa Barber Shop

2238 Sumter Street, Indah Coffee/Circa Barber Shop 

Owner: Cason Development Group
Architect: Seed Architecture (John Powell)
Contractor: Montgomery Construction Company

Built for Dunn Electric in the early 1940s, the structure at 2238 Sumter Street continues to serve the evolving Cottontown neighborhood. The building’s façade was retained, bricked-up windows re-opened, and the Dunn Electric mural signage restored. The front-most retail space was redesigned for use by Indah Coffee as an open-concept coffee counter. Overhead, the original ceiling frames and bow truss roof structure were exposed to open the space and showcase the construction methods typical of the era. In addition to Indah Coffee’s first brick and mortar establishment, 2238 Sumter also houses Circa Barber Shop.

2428 Main Street, Wilson Upholstery Building/Studio 2LR 

Owner: Noma Properties (Gretchen Lambert)
Architect: Studio 2LR Contractor: Buchanan Construction

The former Wilson Upholstery Building now houses the offices of Studio 2LR, an architecture and interiors firm. The building’s old garage doors were removed and replaced with storefront windows and a new entry door. Painted signage from the days of Wilson Upholstery was maintained on the exterior of the building as a nod to the past. The steel windows were abated, refurbished and reinstalled in their original openings. The concrete slab flooring was cleaned but kept as-is to show the character acquired over years of use.