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1210-1214 Main Steet, Richland County (Columbia)
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Facade Balcony Detail Balcony Entrance

(Capitol Café) The Capitol Café building is the best surviving example of the Victorian commercial structures that once lined Columbia’s Main Street. The symmetrical second floor façade with cast iron balcony and window and door surround, is characteristic of late nineteenth century architecture. Located one block away from the State House, the Capitol Café has been in the building since 1913 and is well known locally as a meeting place for legislators. Believed to have been built shortly after the War Between the States, the building was completed by 1871, although the existing double façade may have been joined after this date. Storefronts of the two story stuccoed façade have been remodeled. The segmentally arched windows have cast iron sills and cornices and the doors have identical cast iron surrounds. A balcony with cast iron railing extends across central three bays. Listed in the National Register March 2, 1979.

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