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Property Name Owen Building
Reference Number 13000398
State South Carolina
County Richland
Town Columbia
Street Address 1321 Lady Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/14/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Owen Building, completed in 1949, is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Critierion C for Architecture as an increasingly rare example of mid-century modern architecture in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Designed by the prominent South Carolina architectural firm Lafaye, Lafaye, and Fair, the building's sleek, repetitive fayade emphasizes its materials: concrete, glass, and steel. Technologically modern, the office building is believed to have been the largest building in Columbia to be built using the innovative time and cost saving tilt-up construction method.


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