Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Heidt - Russell House / Edwin R. Russell
This house, with Greek Revival and Italianate architectural influences, was built about 1879 by William J. Heidt, builder and contractor who managed Heidlinger’s Steam Bakery. The Heidts lived here until 1912. Mary E. Russell, whose husband Nathaniel was a postman for the U.S. Post Office, bought the house in 1919.
Edwin R. Russell
Edwin Roberts Russell (1913-1996) spent his early years here. A research scientist, he was one of the few blacks directly involved in the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. Educated at Benedict College and Howard University, in 1942-45 Russell helped separate plutonium from uranium at the University of Chicago. He returned to Columbia to teach at Allen University, then was a research chemist at the Savannah River Plant form 1957 to 1976.
Erected 2008 by The Historic Columbia Foundation, the City of Columbia, and the S.C. Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 40-143.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
Location. 34° 0.523′ N, 81° 0.906′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Heidt Street and Lady Street, on the right when traveling north on Heidt Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1240 Heidt Street, Columbia SC 29204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James M. Hinton House (within shouting distance of this marker); Waverly Five and Dime / George Elmore and Elmore v. Rice (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Matthew J. Perry House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cyril O. Spann Medical Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Calvary Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Visanska-Starks House (approx. ¼ mile away); Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); Columbia Hospital "Negro Unit" / Columbia Hospital "Negro Nurses" (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . . South Carolina General Assembly: 111th Session, 1995-1996. A Concurrent Resolution, Honoring The Memory of Edwin Roberts Russell,responsible for securing (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,052 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 21, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.