South Carolina State House, Columbia

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The South Carolina State House is the building housing the government of the U.S. state of South Carolina. The building houses the South Carolina General Assembly and the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. Until 1971, it also housed the Supreme Court. It is located in the capital city of Columbia near the corner of Gervais and Assembly Streets.
The State House is in the Greek Revival style; it is approximately 180ft tall, 300ft long, 100ft wide. It weighs more than 70000ST and has 130673ft2 of space.
The South Carolina State House was designed first by architect P. H. Hammarskold. Construction began in 1851, but the original architect was dismissed for fraud and dereliction of duty. Soon thereafter, the structure was largely dismantled because of defective materials and workmanship. John Niernsee redesigned the structure and work began on it in 1855, slowed during the Civil War, and was suspended in 1865 as General W.T. Sherman's U.S. Army entered Columbia on February 17. Several public buildings were "put to the torch" when United States troops entered the city.
The capitol building was damaged by artillery shells and set afire by U.S. Army troops under Sherman's command.
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  • Columbia was the last State House in th4e USA that I visited, I was especially impressed with the grounds surrounding the building. They were very well maintained and provided ample spots for...  more »
  • We spent several hours here and took the free tour of the State House. It starts with a film and then,a guide takes you on a short tour explaining things and answering questions. Building was very.....  more »

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