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Supreme Court of South Carolina Building, Richland County (Gervais & Sumter Sts., Columbia)
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(Old United States Post Office) Significant in the area of communications, the Supreme Court of South Carolina Building served as main postal unit in Columbia from September 1921 to June 1966, when operations were moved to a new building. Acquired by the State of South Carolina for use as the Supreme Court of South Carolina Building, it is a significant example of preservation through adaptive reuse. Adaptation of the building was admirably achieved by architects Gill and Wilkins of Florence and interior designer Andrew V. Kerns of Columbia. Its location on the block adjacent to the State House enhances the complex of governmental buildings that includes and surrounds the South Carolina State House. Foundations for the Neo-Classical style building were laid in 1917. With the start of World War I, materials allotted for the post office were reallocated for building Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson). Construction, resumed after the war, was completed September 30, 1921. Listed in the National Register October 18, 1972.

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