Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Jefferson Hotel, designed and built by Columbia entrepreneur and contractor John Jefferson Cain (1869-1929), stood here at the corner of Main and Laurel Streets from 1913 until 1968. The hotel (also sometimes called the Hotel Jefferson) was built in 1912-13 at a cost of $250,000. Notable features included Indiana limestone on the 1st and 6th story exteriors and mahogany, marble, and terra cotta tile throughout the lobby, dining room and ballroom.
For 55 years the Jefferson was Columbia's premier hotel, hosting conventions as well as more informal meetings among legislators. It was demolished in 1968. In 1938, during the 48th reunion of the United Confederate Veterans, former officers and their descendants met here to organize the Order of the Stars and Bars. Now the Military Order of the Stars and Bars, this genealogical society is for descendants of Confederate officers and civil officials.
Erected 2005 by Military Order of the Stars and Bars. (Marker Number 40-130.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 34° 0.59′ N, 81° 2.256′ W. Click for map. Located between Richland and Laurel Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richland Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbia City Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laurel Street (about 400 feet away); Sidney Park C.M.E. Church (about 800 feet away); Ladson Presbyterian Church (about 800 feet away); Ebenezer Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blanding Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); DeBruhl-Marshall House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mann-Simons Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elmwood Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . .
1. United Confederate Veterans. The United Confederate Veterans, also known as the UCV, was a veteran's organization for former Confederate soldiers of the American Civil War, and was equivalent to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) which was the organization for Union veterans. (Submitted on September 13, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Military Order of the Stars and Bars. The Military Order of the Stars and Bars is a fraternal organization for documented descendants (Submitted on September 13, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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