Columbia Township Auditorium

Also known as: Township Auditorium
1703 Taylor St., Columbia, South Carolina

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Columbia Township Auditorium, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Description 

The Columbia Township Auditorium, constructed in 1930, is significant for its association with the social and recreational history of Columbia, and by extension the state, and as an example of the partition of public spaces during the segregation era, a period in which the building was strictly segregated for its first forty years, and also as an excellent example of Georgian Revival architecture and as a notable design of the significant Columbia architectural firm of Lafaye and Lafaye. The three-story brick building features a Doric columned portico and rusticated arches and quoins. With a seating capacity of 2,500 to 3,500, the Township has hosted thousands of events-concerts, wrestling and boxing matches, comedy performances, political rallies, and other events such as high school graduations, reunions, and conventions. Through the 1960s, the policy of the Township was the same as most other public entertainment venues in the Jim Crow South. White and black patrons could attend the same events, but sat in separate areas. While white patrons entered through the front entrance and sat on the first floor, black patrons entered through a side entrance and sat in the balcony. If the performers were black, then black patrons could sit on the first floor, and white patrons sat in the balcony. In addition, there were separate ticket booths, coatrooms, and restrooms. Listed in the National Register September 28, 2005. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 28, 2005
Reference number
05001104
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival
Areas of significance
Social History; Ethnic Heritage - Black; Architecture; Entertainment/Recreation
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Auditorium
Current function
Auditorium
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant year
1930

Update Log 

  • October 8, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo

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