The City of Columbia’s design review board approved the designs for the University of South Carolina School of Law and exterior designs for a restaurant in Adluh Flour’s building on Gervais Street.
The $80 million law school project still requires state approval and is planned for the block bound by Gervais, Pickens, Senate and Bull streets. The 187,500-square-foot, three-story school will have a courtyard in the center and is expected to open by 2016.
Heather Mitchell of the Boudreaux Group told the Design Development Review Commission that the law school would be on the urban edge of the university, facing Gervais.
The school of law will sit among the civic and legal landmarks in the city, she said.
The currently planned surface parking lot at the corner of Gervais and Pickens streets leaves room for a future addition that has not yet been designed.
The Taylor Mansion, its carriage house and the Horry-Guignard House on the property will be worked into the school rather than being demolished.
The main materials used for the law school will be limestone, some brick and metal roofing.
Commissioner Dale Marshall was part of a unanimous vote of approval but described the building as “awfully plain” and said it would be a very large mass.
“It’s a lot of limestone,” he said.
The commission also approved design plans for a patio and second-story porch for Adluh Flour’s building on Gervais Street.
The building will be used as a restaurant and bar.
Marshall was concerned the renderings presented for the porch and patio were overly consistent with the historic design of the building. He said someone should easily be able to discern what parts of the building are new and what parts are old.
The commission also approved designs for law offices for the Mickle and Bass law firm at 1716 Bull St.
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