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Mast General Store

Columbia, SC

The circa 1920's historic Effird's building, located on Columbia's Main Street, has become the new home of the Mast General Store and Lofts at Lourie's. Prior to the complete revitalization, Lourie's department store occupied the building until it was vacated and fell into disrepair. In addition to the interior structural repairs and building restoration, the exterior facade will be restored to the 1920's character. These changes include a new copper and pressed tin entrance canopy, exterior windows and glass storefront that closely resemble the original construction. A new entrance courtyard provides a secondary entrance to Mast, as well as a new, modern glass enclosed elevator allowing access to the upper stories. Mast General Store will occupy the first floor and basement spaces, while the second and third story will house loft style apartments. This building is critically important to the Main Street revitalization vision and is creating energy for future development.

Project Team Members
Scott Garvin


2013 Honor Award for Historic Preservation-Adaptive Use
      AIA - South Carolina Chapter

2013 Honor Award
      Brick Industry Southeast Region

2012 Renovation/Restoration
      Historic Columbia Foundation

2012 Merit Award
      AIA Greater Columbia Section