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This 100-year-old building began as Columbia's first shopping mall. Through the years it has been used as a retail space, offices and more.
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on Oct 3, 2011
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Jan Swanson and other local artists begin to use the retail space as a studio and gallery.
Robison, Jr., UVEST Investment Services Group, buys Arcade.
Bars and shops were opened underneath the Arcade building.
According to the Sanborn Fire Insurance map the reinforced concrete floors and roof helped give the building this rating.http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/SFMAPS&CISOPTR=963&REC=1
The Equitable Arcade Building was constructed by the Equitable Real Estate Company.
The first tenants were a Ladies' Troggery Shop, many individual's offices, Star Laundry company, Columbia Railway, Gas and Electric Company, the Arcade Restaurant and the Columbia Club.
The building cost about $133,000 to construct. It along with the National Bank and Exchange began to establish Main Street as the heart of downtown.
Many stores began placing advertisements in The State newspaper saying they would be moving into the Arcade building.
The contract was awarded to Jno. J. Cain Company for construction. The building was designed by Jonathan Brite of New York.
Bids were due at noon.
Plans were announced in The State newspaper. The building was originally created to house 18 stores and 27 offices.