Waverly Historic District

Roughly bounded by Hampton St., Heidt St., Gervais St., and Harden St., Columbia, South Carolina


N. A. Jenkins House, 2200 Hampton St.

Has been demolished since this picture was taken

South Carolina Department of Archives and History


Street Views 


The Waverly Historic District is significant as Columbia’s first suburb. The historic core of the Waverly neighborhood was originally an early subdivision of an antebellum plantation by the same name located on the outskirts of Columbia. By the early twentieth century, it had evolved into a community of African American artisans, professionals and social reformers, many of whom made significant contributions to the social and political advancement of African Americans in Columbia and South Carolina. Originally a predominantly white neighborhood, Waverly’s development illustrates important patterns in the shift from biracial coexistence in the late nineteenth century to the practice of strict racial segregation common to early twentieth century urban centers. Waverly’s public institutions and other historic resources are also significant for their associations with individuals who played an active role in the Civil Rights Movement. The Waverly Historic District has a high concentration of vernacular residential, academic, and religious buildings reflecting a range of architectural characteristics of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Representative styles and forms include Queen Anne, Four-Square, Craftsman, Bungalow, Shotgun, Colonial Revival, and Neo-Classical. The majority of the 192 properties in the neighborhood, 137 of which are contributing, were built between ca. 1898 and ca. 1925. Listed in the National Register December 21, 1989. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 21, 1989
Reference number
Architectural styles
American Movement; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Education; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
College; Single dwelling; Clinic; Specialty store
Current functions
Single dwelling; College; Specialty store; Clinic
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 132
Non-contributing buildings: 55

Update Log 

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