Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Hard Hat Tour

Historic Columbia Foundation
is offering a SPECIAL TOUR of 701 Whaley.
September 20, 2007
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the restoration process of the building that was once one of the most popular gathering sites in the historic Olympia Mill neighborhood. Historic Columbia Foundation and Garvin Design Group will host a reception immediately following the tour at the Granby Mill Administration Building, located at 339 Heyward Street.

For reservations, please call 803.252.7742, ext. 29 or email


Many parts of the total project are currently underway. They include:
The steel structure for the interior section on the east side is nearly up.

The concrete block in-fill on the front lower facade has been removed.

The old roof on the west side is currently being removed in order to start the new roof membrane.
Windows on the west side are wrapping up and the plywood will come down in a few days.
The upstairs front facade windows have had new lintels installed.

The brick masons have nearly completed the west side repairs. Charlie Thompson and the Guignard family have graciously donated brick harvested from a building built during the same time period. These brick have allowed us to blend the repairs into the current brick facade. They look great!
In the next few weeks, we hope to accomplish several key parts. They include,
Setting roof top curbs for the HVAC units.
Completing the new roof on the west side. Finishing the new roof deck on the east side.
Having the new second floor deck (east side) in place.
New structural framing for the lower front facade windows.
Initial underground plumbing and electrical rough-ins underway.
New windows installed on the upper front facade.
Old in-fill on the east side (windows) removed.
There will be numerous other projects underway this month and as October and cooler weather come our way, we will see significant changes as the building starts to morph towards occupancy.

This is going to be an incredible space. A great view of the church steeple and mill and an enormous window to the east.

As always, if any of you would like to take a look, I am available to be your guide. Feel free to forward this site on to the growing number of fans interested in 701!


m: (803) 414-9450
f: (803) 254-1456