University Neighborhood Historic District

Roughly bounded by Gervais St., the Sourther Railroad Cut, Greene St. and Pickens St., Columbia, South Carolina


Flora M. Barringer House, 1731 College St.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The University Neighborhood Historic District is a historically significant residential district. As an example of an urban neighborhood that assumed its present appearance between ca. 1885 and ca. 1950, it is significant as a reflection of the process of community planning and development in Columbia. With its range of architectural styles, often exhibiting the work of regionally and locally prominent architects, it is significant as an example of an architecturally distinctive neighborhood that continues to convey its early twentieth-century historic and aesthetic character. The streets of the district are broad and set in a grid pattern, reflecting its development within the original layout of the city of Columbia on a two-mile square grid. The original neighborhood was reduced in size beginning in the 1960s with the eastward expansion of the University of South Carolina campus. The University Neighborhood contains 160 contributing buildings, inclusive of seven contributing outbuildings, and thirteen non-contributing buildings. The neighborhood’s residences are both single- and multi-family buildings, with at least thirteen apartment complexes and fourteen duplexes located throughout the neighborhood. Architectural styles and influences include the Queen Anne, Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, Four-Square, and Craftsman/Bungalow. Most of the properties consist of two-story wood-framed buildings with brick veneer, clapboard siding, or wood shingles. Porches are common and include entry, full-width, wrap-around, and inset forms. Listed in the National Register October 13, 2004. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 13, 2004
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Community Planning and Development
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Multiple dwelling; Secondary structure; Hotel; Religious structure
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 160
Non-contributing buildings: 13

Update Log 

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