Supreme Court of South Carolina Building

Also known as: Old US Post Office
NW corner of Gervais and Sumter Sts., Columbia, South Carolina


Supreme Court of South Carolina Building, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Significant in the area of communications, the Supreme Court of South Carolina Building served as main postal unit in Columbia from September 1921 to June 1966, when operations were moved to a new building. Acquired by the State of South Carolina for use as the Supreme Court of South Carolina Building, it is a significant example of preservation through adaptive reuse. Adaptation of the building was admirably achieved by architects Gill and Wilkins of Florence and interior designer Andrew V. Kerns of Columbia. Its location on the block adjacent to the State House enhances the complex of governmental buildings that includes and surrounds the South Carolina State House. Foundations for the Neo-Classical style building were laid in 1917. With the start of World War I, materials allotted for the post office were reallocated for building Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson). Construction, resumed after the war, was completed September 30, 1921. Listed in the National Register October 18, 1972. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 18, 1972
Reference number
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Post office
Current function
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1900-1924
Significant years
1917; 1921; 1971

Update Log 

  • October 20, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • October 20, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller

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