Creating an International Museum

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.

New Contemporary Hub

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.

Downtown Revitalization

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.

The adaptive-reuse of Columbia Museum of Art also includes the adaptive-reuse of 1501 Main Street, the former downtown Belk’s Department Store.

Design Award:
AIA South Carolina – 1998 Merit Award  

ClientRichland County LocationColumbia, South Carolina Project Size135,000 square feet