The 701 Whaley building, once the community center of the Olympia and Granby Mill village for decades, is being renovated with plans to include a catering facility, offices and apartments. Since 2000, the building has sat vacant and in disrepair. The recent revitalization of the Olympia and Granby Mill neighborhood, spurred by the renovation and adaptive reuse of the two signature mill buildings, has increased focus on the other historic buildings in the area. Having served as the community center for the area and including such amenities as a basketball court, swimming pool, barbershop, canteen, billiard room, and dance hall, 701 Whaley is a vital part of the neighborhood history. Much care is being taken to restore the building with historically accurate details, including restoring the first and second floor windows that were bricked up when the building became a furniture warehouse. The project is currently under construction with completion expected by the end of the year.
Project Team Members
2011 Special Citation Award for Adaptive Reuse/Restoration
AIA – South Carolina Chapter
2010 Excellence Award
AIA – Greater Columbia Section
2009 Preservation and Restoration Award
Historic Columbia Foundation