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Women's Club of Columbia, 1703 Blossom Sreet: 1940 (built)   7 comments

Posted at 5:15 pm in historic,landmark,venue

Today's bonus post comes from commenter Dennis, as do the photos:

After driving past a million times and promising myself to take some pictures before USC bulldozes it, I finally stopped and got some photos of the old Woman's Club building at 1703 Blossom St., next to their tennis center.

As you can see it is slowly moldering away. It has achieved a wonderful haunted house feel, and I'm sure it has a thousand stories and a few ghosts. I don't think it's used for anything currently. For years it was a little rundown but still rented a lot for fraternity and sorority parties. I've been to several wedding receptions and parties there.

It's basically one big room with a kitchen on the end, and some tiny side rooms. I peeked in one years ago and there was a wonderful, poster-sized b&w photo in an old frame showing the club in its heyday, with dozens of stylish ladies wearing their best hats and pearls at long banquet tables, taken in the 1940s I'd guess. I tried hard to track down who to ask about getting my hands on it but never could figure out who to talk to.

The Woman's Club of Columbia is still around and very active. They now meet here:

http://www.gfwc-sc.org/headquarters.htm

Columbia City Council records show that they were given permission and "encouragement" to put up a plaque explaining the history of the old Blossom St. place. It hasn't happened yet. The building has been nominated to go on the federal List of National Historic Places, but I don't think that has happened yet either. It's currently owned by USC and valued at $700,00 but I'm sure the acre and a half lot is worth a lot more than that. And the huge oak trees are priceless.

UPDATE 8 November 2009: Added '1940' to post title.

Written by ted on November 6th, 2009

7 Responses to 'Women's Club of Columbia, 1703 Blossom Sreet: 1940 (built)'

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  1. With some rehabilitation and sound proofing, that space would make one heck of a recording studio. I suspect the nearby students, especially the ones wandering home from 5-Points on a Friday night, would make it nearly impossible to get through a take without someone banging on the door; that might be part of the fun. You never know what genius may show up half-snookered and ready to roll. A good "soft" name for it would be Blossom Belle Recorders.

    Thank you Dennis for the pictures and story, I've always wondered about that building.

    Michael Taylor

    6 Nov 09 at 6:17 pm

  2. ted - tax record says the building was built in 1940, so I guess you could put that date in the headline.

    Thanks!

    Dennis

    7 Nov 09 at 9:43 am

  3. I hope it doesn't get 'dozed....and your right about the trees, they are priceless. Thank you for the pictures and research.

    Jeff

    7 Nov 09 at 12:49 pm

  4. The Woman's Club was a great social spot when I was growing up in Columbia. It was the site of lots of parties and receptions as was mentioned; when I was a young adult, my father's retirement party was held here and later, I remember wonderful Pub Night events at the Women's Club sponsored by CMFA. I even won the darts tournament one year! And, did you know, there is a replica of the Statue of LIberty in the yard? That is, unless it's been removed from the site.

    Becky

    22 Jun 10 at 11:17 pm

  5. Becky - the statue is in a tiny triangular park in front of Christopher Towers, about a half block away from the Women's Club. Maybe it was moved there? I remember some group having it restored.

    Dennis

    23 Jun 10 at 6:39 am

  6. Dennis: Yep, appears the statue was moved. But not too far away!

    Becky

    24 Jun 10 at 5:27 pm

  7. This building was where I took ballroom dancing lessons in middle school. Mrs Sloan was our teacher. It was a great way to meet girls, even though they were a head taller than me. Think of Long Duck Dong and his date dancing in "Sixteen Candles", and you get the picture. It was quite nice.

    palmettopanic

    25 May 11 at 1:00 pm

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