Saluda Apartments

National Register Listing
Street Address:
511-537 Saluda Ave., Columbia, SC (Richland County)

NRHP Nomination

Record Number:
S10817740183
Description and Narrative:
The three buildings that comprise the Saluda Apartments are remarkably intact examples of Columbia’s response to its housing shortage in the post-World War II era. The complex consists of several individually addressed blocks, each containing four units for a total of twenty-eight apartments. Located on 1.8 acres within the Wales Garden neighborhood just south of Five Points, the small apartment complex stands out from the typical architectural styles of the community, which was developed primarily between 1915 and the 1950s. Insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the complex provided twenty-eight affordable apartments for the families of returning white servicemen in one of Columbia’s established neighborhoods. The decision to employ a Modern design reflects the goals of both Modernism and the federal government, as the buildings could be affordably and quickly constructed due to their lack of ornamentation and simple, repeating patterns. The buildings retain a high degree of historic integrity as they all retain original doors and windows as well as intact interior features. Listed in the National Register September 24, 2021.
Period of Significance:
1949
Level of Significance:
Local
Area of Significance:
Architecture;Politics/Government;Social History
National Register Determination:
listed
Date of Certification:
September 24 2021

Related places
Columbia
Richland County