Columbia Museum of Art

This former Macy’s Department Store, built in the late 1960’s, is now home to the internationally recognized Columbia Museum of Art. Stevens & Wilkinson transformed this vacant storefront plaza into a tourism hotspot that is known throughout the Columbia region for its unique traveling exhibits, art studios, galleries, conference rooms and art shop. Challenged to create an easily discernible “front door,” the museum’s new main entrance is strongly identified by the unique inverted truss design of the roof, while a spacious two-story atrium floods the lobby with natural light, transforming this dilapidated building into a new contemporary hub of activity.

The completed design of this area includes the former Carolina First Building (now the TD Bank Building), Boyd Plaza and the Columbia Museum of Art, all contributed to the downtown revitalization of Columbia’s Main Street.

Design Award:
1998 Merit Award – American Institute of Architects, South Carolina chapter

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Richland County


Columbia, South Carolina

Project Size

135,000 Gross Square Feet


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