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South Carolina State Museum, Observatory, Planetarium, and Theater

Awarded:

  • AIA North Carolina, Tower Award, 2017
  • South Carolina, Governor’s Cup Award, 2016
  • AIA South Carolina, Adaptive Reuse / Renovation Honor Award, 2016
  • AIA Columbia, Merit Award, 2016
  • Palmetto Trust for Historic Restoration, 2015
  • Historic Columbia, New Construction in Historic Context, 2015
  • AIA South Carolina, Honor Award, 2015
  • AIA Charlotte, Merit Award, 2015
  • Southeastern Museum Conference Award, 2013

This project is an addition and renovation to the SC State Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Columbia Mills Building. New program spaces include an observatory that houses a rare 1926 Alvin Clark 12-3/8” refracting telescope; South Carolina’s largest planetarium, seating 200; and a 235-capacity 4D theater, the first 4D theater in the state, as well as all-new entry public spaces. The “Windows to New Worlds” expansion opened with a ribbon-cutting and several launched model rockets in August 2014.

In association with Clark Patterson Lee