It’s like taking a step inside an episode of “This Old House.”
Renovation Rodeo is an event held several times throughout the year in which an older Columbia home is opened up to tours to showcase renovations that have been done. The events are hosted by the Palladium Society, Historic Columbia’s young professional membership group.
“Through the Renovation Rodeo tours, we are able to show how anyone who owns an older home – as so many homes in Columbia’s downtown neighborhoods are – can refurbish it for modern use while still staying true to and preserving the historic character of the property,” said Carrie Phillips, director of marketing and communications for Historic Columbia.
The latest Renovation Rodeo will be held Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. at a home in the Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood. (To protect the privacy of the homeowners, addresses are only released to those who register for the tour.)
According to Phillips, the 1930s-era home has gone through two renovation projects since the current homeowner purchased it in 2008. The first project was a renovation of the master bath and an attic transformation to create two rooms and a bathroom. The second project included a kitchen renovation and an expansion of the master bedroom and bathroom.
Megan Plott, president of the Palladium Society, said many homeowners display before-and-after photos throughout their homes, or play a slide show presentation, to showcase how they have transformed their home. Often, the homeowners invite their architects and contractors to speak to the group, as well.
“They talk about how they are able to stay true to the history of the home, but still make it modern and usable for a young couple,” Plott said.
The Palladium Society has been hosting Renovation Rodeo tours for about three years on a quarterly basis. They feature homes in a variety of neighborhoods including Shandon, Earlewood, Melrose Heights and Arsenal Hill.
Tickets for the event are $5 per person, or free for Palladium Society members, and include beer, wine and appetizers. Tickets may be purchased online at historiccolumbia.org.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State