COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It’s a building that’s described as having “good bones.” The historic Claussen’s Inn is down to the studs in Columbia’s Five Points as it transforms into apartment living.
It’s the latest push to bring Columbia’s history into the present while meeting what developers are calling an increasing demand for luxury in the Capitol City.
“There was definitely a history here,” said Julie Tuttle, a developer with The STYX company. “We wanted to bring that back into the public realm and expose as much as we could.”
The original paint and exposed brick walls tell the story of the almost century-old Claussen’s building. What was originally a bakery, built in 1928, became a commercial building and most recently, “The Inn at Claussen’s.” In 2019, it will transform into boutique apartments.
“It’s part of the bigger chapter in Columbia’s ongoing adaptive use of historic structures,” said John Sherrer of Historic Columbia.
Sherrer told WIS in the past 30 years, there’s been a push to transform historic areas like Bull Street District, Main Street and now Columbia’s Five Points for a young professional, downtown-working crowd. It’s why Tuttle said STYX identified the building as a great addition to a growing list of boutique apartments in Columbia.
“We’re among Five Points and close to the university,” Tuttle said. “We think there’s some working professionals that we think it would be a nice opportunity to live where they work.”
While Claussen’s isn’t student housing or targeting student renters. It’s the latest luxury living facility to pop up in high traffic student areas, along with the Station at Five Points on Gervais Street, and the Apartments at Palmetto Compress on Devine Street. Palmetto Compress was another adaptive-use project by Historic Columbia.
“We really felt like the size of this building and the way that it had been developed into an Inn really made sense for the next stage of life to turn it into something that is for rent,” Tuttle said.
The demand for luxury living and amenities in Columbia, developers tell WIS, is high and it will only continue to grow.
Claussen’s will have 29 apartments total and should be completed by March 2019.