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Thursday Jan 09

Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Columbia Down Under

Thursday, January 9, 2020 6:00 pm

1332 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Back by popular demand, Historic Columbia's Behind-the-Scenes Tour series
opens the doors to Columbia Down Under from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday,
Jan. 9. Experience a group of shops, bars and restaurants that operated
between 1972 and 1977 just below the surface of the Arcade Mall on the 1300
block of Columbia's Main Street. Guests will have a chance to speak with the
property owners and learn about future plans for the Equitable Arcade. While
taking this exclusive tour, enjoy wine, beer and light hors d'oeuvres.

The Arcade Mall was Columbia's first indoor shopping center. The Equitable
Real Estate Company, a group of Columbia businessmen that included prominent
banker and developer Edwin Wales Robertson, constructed this building in 1912
at a reputed cost of $200,000.00. At the time it was built, the Arcade Mall
was strategically situated within a very popular section of this main
commercial district. The structure’s proximity to the Barringer Building,
Columbia’s first sky-scraper, undoubtedly ensured its tenants’ exposure
to large numbers of pedestrians conducting business downtown. Columbia Down
Under sought to mimic the success of Underground Atlanta, but its initial
success succumbed to the suburbanization that plagued the stores and
businesses located above. Today, Columbia Down Under is remembered as a
unique attempt to capitalize on the Arcade Building's location and
architectural layout.

Don’t miss out! There is limited availability and tickets will be offered
to Historic Columbia members at $35 per member. As this is a very popular
tour, we’re allowing 1 ticket per Individual membership and 2 tickets for a
Household membership. We are also offering a special Holiday Membership

Individual membership & One Down Under Tour Ticket $70 ($85 Value)
Household membership & Two Down Under Tickets $ 115 ($145 Value)
These bundles can be purchased over the phone through our Development
Coordinator, Charles Calhoun. Please call 803.252.7742 ext. 15 for more

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