PHOTOS by Molly Harrell
Folks turned out big time for the Open House.
Make no mistake - this was 100% NEW 701 Whaley!
Around 5:15 people started showing up for tours with some having around 30 people at a time!
The historical register plaque was unveiled and the party started.
Historic Columbia Foundation had a successful fund raiser.
New faces were matched with old familiar faces of days gone by.
We had printed old photos from the mills and building from the 20s and one flirtatious image spoke to me of this beautiful woman so we printed it with her in the center. Another lovely woman that night recognized the woman in the photo as her grandmother!
Bohemian Home shows off it's staging in one of the lofts.
Next Door Drummers Rock the house.
Community Organizations display their history and vision.
Southern Way did delicious sandwiches in Gallery 2 space.
Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time enjoying the building and the new vibe of a historic venue.
It was so exciting to see the wide range of people from all over that came to experience the building that night.
With such a long and diverse history, 701 proves to be a special place once again. How fortunate that the right team of people stepped up to the task of saving this building since its neglect and near demise a few years ago.
A new vision is taking shape and we can't wait to see what the future holds for this revived jewel.
Papa String Band closed out a great night.