The South Carolina State House
is the building housing the government of the U.S. state
of South Carolina
. The building houses the South Carolina General Assembly
and the offices of the Governor
and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
. Until 1971, it also housed the Supreme Court
. It is located in the capital city of Columbia
near the corner of Gervais and Assembly Streets.
The State House is in the Greek Revival
style; it is approximately tall, long, wide. It weighs more than and has of space.
The South Carolina State House was designed first by architect P. H. Hammarskold. John Niernsee redesigned the structure and work began on it during 1855, slowed during the Civil War
, and was suspended during 1865 as Sherman
's Union Army entered Columbia on February 17. Although several public buildings were "put to the torch" when United States troops entered the city, the capitol building was not.The structure was damaged by artillery and smoke from the burning of adjacent structures. Building work was completed finally during 1907. The reconstruction era
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