Stone Manufacturing Company

National Register Listing
Street Address:
3452 North Main Street, Columbia, SC (Richland County)

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Description and Narrative:
The Stone Manufacturing Company is a large-scale industrial building in Columbia that is locally significant as an example of a garment manufacturing facility, an important element of the city’s diversified industrial growth after World War II. Constructed in 1946-47, the building was acquired in 1948 by Greenville-based Stone Manufacturing, founded in 1933 and eventually becoming one of the most successful apparel companies in the world. Between 1948 and 1980, Stone enlarged its Columbia facility four times, three of them occurring within its period of significance. The building is composed of a combination of washed brick veneer, which appears to date to the 1960 office additions, and concrete block with minimal windows. While the building’s style is nondescript, its size and massing, along with its barrel roofing, reflect its industrial usage. It is one of the few examples of a sizeable industrial property in the Eau Claire neighborhood of Columbia. Despite remaining vacant for years, the building retains much of its historic integrity and continues to represent the evolution of Stone Manufacturing from a small, local company into an international success. Its location in Columbia reflects the industrial growth of the city in the immediate postwar period when the city’s Industrial Service Bureau worked to attract diverse businesses from across the nation to establish their own local facilities. Listed in the National Register September 25, 2020.
Period of Significance:
1948 – 1969
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Date of Certification:
September 25 2020

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Richland County