JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Columbia, SC Attractions – The South Carolina State Capitol Building and Grounds

Columbia, SC Attractions – The South Carolina State Capitol Building and Grounds

Columbia, SC Attractions – The South Carolina State Capitol Building and Grounds

Columbia, SC Attractions - The South Carolina State Capitol Building and Grounds

 With all the things to do in downtown Columbia, SC, on of the often over looked attractions in the South Carolina State Capitol Building and grounds right in the heart of the city. They themselves can be a fascinating adventure for both visitors and locals alike.

 The South Carolina State Capitol Building is made of Granite with a copper dome, one of it's most well known features,  that's visible for various points throughout the city.Weighing in at more than 70,000 tons and a gross square footage of 130,673 feet, it certainly stands out from it's raised grounds. The North entrance faces Gervais Street and the South side faces South Main Street, placing the Capitol Building in a prime location in the heart of the South Carolina's Capitol city.

SC State Capitol Building

 The Corinthian Columns are monolith by design, carved from a single piece of stone, and are among the largest in the world. Each column stands 43 feet high and weighs in at 37 tons a piece. The dome was adding between 1900 and 1902 and used 44,000 pounds of copper to cover the outside, delivering it's unique appearance.

 In total there three buildings on the grounds, with the Gassette Building and the Blatt Building making up the others, but none as stately and stunning as the Capitol Building itself.Within the grounds there are plenty of spots to stop and marvel at this fantastic display of architecture and the lush, green grounds that surround it. With many monuments, landscaped areas, wonderful green grass , walkways, and a rose garden, the grounds themselves are a sight to behold. Each vantage point gives you a spectacular view of the Capitol Building as well as the heart of the city.


SC State Capitol




 The Capitol building is located just off of Gervais street, in the middle of Main, right on the edge of the Congaree Vista. So the next time you are in the Columbia area, stop by and see what these wonderful grounds have to offer. Even if you're a local, you may want to pop in and reconnect with a glorious piece of history right in our backyard.



SC State Capitol Grounds

SC State Capitol Grounds



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Comment balloon 11 commentsJL Boney, III • August 20 2009 05:35PM


Hi JL-Those buildings are sure majestic looking. It is amazing how much there is in your city until you start looking around. Great post my friend. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 11 years ago

You are becoming the local expert with your local area information on attractions.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 11 years ago


Columbia is a great city to visit and enjoy.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 11 years ago

JL - It always amazes me to think about how something like this got built 100+ years ago.  44,000 pounds of copper! Without a crane?  Good Grief! 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) about 11 years ago

JL:  Other cities' municipal buildings and attractions always look so much more better than your own.  Love the pictures.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 11 years ago


The Georgia state capitol in Downtown Atlanta is a pretty cool place too! I need to go and check it out again, as I haven't been there in years.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 11 years ago

I love just strolling the grounds and looking at the people. I havent done it in a while but it is a great monument to SC.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 11 years ago

Sharon- Every city has a ton of overlooked attractions that we are lucky enough to see all the time.

Sally- I'm trying to anyway.

Lou- Yes it is Lou, it's an even better city to live in if you buy a home from me.

Erik- I can't imagine how difficult an undertaking all this had to be without modern construction equipment.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

Chis Ann- I think it's because the other buildings are just new to us.

Richard- Check it out again and post us some pictures my friend.

Laura- It really is a cool place to people watch and sit on the park benches.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

JL --- Laura's comment made me think about how much I enjoy people watching.  I just love to sit and watch people -- they are so interesting --- your post is very informative and I love your photos.

Mama Liz's Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) about 11 years ago

Liz- It really is a fun past time, I enjoy people watching myself.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago