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Walter Edgar's Journal

Renovating 701 Whaley in Columbia


Friday - July 27, 2012


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About This Show

Most people looked at the building at 701 Whaley St. as a crumbling eyesore. But developer Richard Burts saw much more. He tells Dr. Edgar he brought the historic structure back to life.

Built in 1903 as the Granby and Pacific Mill village's company store, 701 Whaley, a 35,000 square-foot brick building in Columbia, S.C. has served many purposes. It quickly became a community center for the mill workers and everybody just called it "The Y." It included a bowling alley, library, auditorium, gymnasium, pool and dance hall. With dances every Friday night, a movie on Saturdays, basketball and billiards, socials and civility, this cornerstone of the community was hopping with action for several decades.


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