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Historic Homes Grant

Neighbors,

Applications continue to come in and we will only have a few open slots as our initial deadline of September 18th approaches.

The Hollywood-Rose Hill (HRH) Historic House Project is designed to educate, document and celebrate the history and charm of our neighborhood, one of the oldest intact neighborhoods in Columbia. The initial activity will be one or more “Researching the History of Your Home” workshops, conducted by retired archivist and historian Dr. Charles Lesser, and Richland County Library’s Walker Local and Family History Center Manager Debbie Bloom. The workshop will be free of charge and open to all residents, regardless of whether you participate in the house plaque activity. The workshop will guide homeowners in tracking down aspects of house history including date of construction, past residents, and other interesting historic information. 

The second phase will be researching and documenting up to 91 HRH homes for inclusion in the project. This activity is open to all interested HRH homeowners with homes older than 50 years. We will accept up to 26 applications from homes attributed in design to the prominent Columbia architect J. Carroll Johnson and the rest will represent ALL TYPES of residential homes in HRH.

If accepted into the program, we will: 1) Pay a researcher to document significant details of your house, including date of construction; 2) Pay 50% of the cost ($85) of a high quality historic house plaque with the HRH logo, date of construction and one other interesting bit of information (architect, notable homeowner, etc.)* and 3) Potentially use your house in a colored brochure highlighting HRH historic homes. The HRHNA committee will approve all plaque information and documentation. The brochure will be shared with Historic Columbia and used to supplement three HRH Historic Walking Tours conducted by Dr. Lesser. These tours are free of charge and available to residents of any neighborhood. 

The historic house plaques will look something like the one below. If you are interested in submitting an application, please email it at historichouseplaque@yahoo.com.

You can download the application form here. 

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