Olympia Mill

Olympia Mill

Columbia, SC


The Olympia Mill rehabilitation project revitalized a sprawling and long-vacant 300,000 sf historic mill building originally constructed in 1895. Like its sister project at the adjacent Granby Mill, Olympia Mill was adapted to accommodate more than 160 apartments with one-, two- and four-bedroom layouts.  Each apartment includes an elevated sleeping loft, capitalizing on the building’s expansive historic window openings. Historically accurate replica wood windows flood apartments in natural light. Apartment units are linked by generous common spaces organized along the building’s central spine. This project leveraged local, state, and federal historic tax credits (HTCs). 

Photography by Brian Dressler.

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state and local awards


2013 South Carolina Historic Preservation Honor Award
The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation
South Carolina Department of Archives and History

2009 Adaptive Use Award
Historic Columbia