Downtown Columbia Historic Resources Survey

The City of Columbia Planning Division is excited to announce the completion of the Downtown Columbia Historic Resources Survey conducted by Access Preservation. This architectural survey focused on Columbia’s historic downtown area and documented the buildings not previously recorded in past architectural surveys. This survey is part of the City of Columbia’s ongoing effort to keep an up to date city-wide survey.

           map of survey area, which is the historic core of downtown, bounded by the river, elmwood, harden, and blossom.Map of the Survey Area      

The “Bryan Survey” in 1993 documented buildings in downtown Columbia considered to be historically significant at the time. Since the Bryan Survey is over 25 years old, many resources have since gained historic significance (reached their 50-year mark) while other resources may have been altered or demolished if local protections were never adopted. While this survey works to fully document and recommend protection of older, intact, historic resources that have survived a century of development pressures, it also provides a great and in-depth look at the largely undocumented mid-century resources that Columbia has to offer.

It's a wrap!

The final document, including survey findings and recommendations, is now available online!  Please also watch the final virtual presentation of survey findings and recommendations, included below!

Learn More

View an informational video about the project, as well as the final presentation (below), and review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Learn more about preservation in Columbia!   Check out the Bryan Survey!

Columbia Compass: Envision 2036

Columbia Compass is the comprehensive plan – or “blueprint” – for how Columbia, South Carolina will grow and develop over the next ten years.  

The City of Columbia has conducted research on the community's population, natural resources, land use, transportation, housing, community facilities, cultural resources and economy.  This planning process, and the plan itself, is being referred to as Columbia Compass: Envision 2036.  The plan, adopted August 4, 2020 by City Council, is now a guiding policy document for the City.  

 You can also learn more, and sign up for email updates, at

  • Stay tuned on Facebook and Instagram @ColaCompass
  • Visit our website and sign up for our email list
  • Join us for events  and share your thoughts!
  • Tell your family, friends, & neighbors!

The Amplify planning process is a partnership between One Columbia and the City, and helped provide content for the Columbia Compass Cultural Resources Element.

    Image is the text and logomark for Columbia Compass.  The logomark consists of a blue circle and triangular marks which represent a compass, with an inset blue C.  A red compass dial is at an angle, and the dial and the C are overlaid on top of an illustrative street grid with a blue river and green squares representative of city blocks.  The text reads “Columbia Compass: Envision 2036.”Text reads Amplify Columbia with a multicolored frequency wave to the lower right of the text

Celebrate in October!

Each October the City celebrates National Community Planning Month & National Walk to School Day.

While we're still celebrating in October, we have postponed all in-person events this year for public safety. Instead, we will be celebrating National Community Planning Month through social media, and celebrating Walk to School Day with an all-month Walk Bike Scavenger Hunt Bingo. 

Follow @ColaCompass on Facebook or Twitter so that you can join us as we celebrate Community Planning Month virtually.  

A card for the social media campaign reads: I *heart* planning, and “October is national community planning month! #planning month”  The Columbia Compass logo appears in the lower right.  The heart shape is filled with an image of the historic birdseye view illustration of Columbia, SC.  The card is turquoise, with white and navy blue font.screenshot of elementary school walk bike bingo card

If you have further questions, or would like to more information about the above, please contact us.