Palmetto Compress Warehouse

Palmetto Compress Warehouse

Columbia, SC


Taking up half a city block, the majestic Palmetto Compress Warehouse stands tall as the last remaining undeveloped building representing Columbia’s once booming cotton industry. This iconic brick structure – built in 1918 and 1923 – is one of only three buildings of this type and size remaining in the country and is recognized as such by the National Register of Historic Places. Nearly demolished by a previous developer, this structure was saved by the City of Columbia. Together with Philadelphia Management and Triangle Construction, Garvin Design Group has restored this structure and repurposed it as a unique retail and apartment building. The dilapidated porch on the east side of the structure has been rebuilt and acts as private balconies for the apartment units on that side of the building. Platforms were built on top of the existing floors, which have a slope of up to two percent, to create usable floor plates, while the bottom of the existing wood decking remains exposed as the ceiling for the units below.
Photography by Brian Dressler.
square feet
years old
awards for adaptive reuse


2017 Honor Award – Adaptive Reuse
AIA – South Carolina Chapter

2017 Preservation Award – Adaptive Use
Historic Columbia