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Columbia Auto Mall (etc), 4505 Broad River Road: 2013   7 comments

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I'm not sure what the story is with this lot and house at 4505 Broad River Road, which has certainly been other things than a car lot. You'll notice that that, oddly, it has the same street address as the recently closed Waffle House, but this this real estate listing explains:

This parcel surrounds the corner occupied by Waffle House.

While this listing says:

Plans were in the works for a 15,000 sq ft retail space.

with the past tense leading me to believe those plans are no longer in the works.

This tax information says the house on the lot was built in 1884. I would have called it old, but not *that* old. The place almost has a funeral home look to it. It's certainly not in the best of shape, but it would still be a shame to tear it down.

Written by ted on July 2nd, 2013

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  1. It's always a shame when they tear down some of these old houses if they can be moved or re-purposed for other uses. It just takes someone that cares and has the money to bring them up to code and such.

    Such is the old house that used to be on St. Andrews across from the Mickey D's (the old Bob Capes office). It used to sit on the lot where McD's is and they pumped bunches of money into it when the moved it. A month or so ago, it was gone within a day and a half so they could build a new dentists office. That was one of the oldest remaining houses in Irmo!

    But, I know that the day I sell the place I live in it will be leveled. It is across the street on Woodrow and built in the 20's. All they want is the property. But, it is my retirement nest egg, thanks to my Dad that bought it in 1948 for about $6K!!!!


    2 Jul 13 at 2:03 am

  2. Ted, what lens are you shooting with? Those pictures of the steps looked like my vision after a long night on the


    2 Jul 13 at 2:23 am

  3. That is a really cool old house. 'Tis a shame it'll probably be Cat D9 fodder soon.

    That's an old farmhouse and I'd say 1880s was probably about right, maybe even earlier. I'sd love to see it restored to its original form, but that, as Homer said, will require it to be moved, and that won't happen because of $$$$.

    There was a beautiful old house in Newberry that stood where the CVS (I think) is now. They offered to GIVE the house to someone who would move it. No takers. And it was gorgeous inside.

    If I was rich, I'd buy a parcel of land and buy, move and restore homes and buildings (I love old gas stations and motels). Maybe I'd call it Tonkatown.


    2 Jul 13 at 6:27 am

  4. All you gotta do is win the lottery......:^)


    2 Jul 13 at 9:16 pm

  5. Homer, the camera is a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7

    It's a point-and-shoot with a F1.4-2.3 Leica DC vario SUMMILUX 24mm Wide Angle lens with 3.8x optical zoom. At certain zooms, it definitely does have a bit of spherical distortion going on..


    2 Jul 13 at 11:16 pm

  6. I will bet the interior smells like your grandmother's house.

    The last post was 5 years ago. Is the place still standing?

    Joe Shlabotnik

    15 Nov 18 at 2:25 am

  7. "There was a beautiful old house in Newberry that stood where the CVS (I think) is now. They offered to GIVE the house to someone who would move it. No takers. And it was gorgeous inside."

    That house was Oakhurst, also known as the Matthews House. It stood at the corner of Main Street and Wilson Road, where a Rite Aid now stands. Newberry College came very close to acquiring the house and moving it to some property near campus, and using it for something like housing for Honors students. IIRC, the funding for the move was the stumbling block (the college wasn't flush with resources, and due to the size of the house and the intricacies of moving it, it was going to be an expensive operation), and time ran out. Rumor had it when demolition began they quickly learned the home wasn't in great structural condition and might not have survived the move. Regardless, it was sad.

    Jodie Peeler

    18 Nov 18 at 8:21 am

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