Columbia mansion undergoes restorations after ice storm damage, tours conducted in May

Kensington Mansion photos from Historic Columbia website.

Historic Columbia has announced that special public tours of the Kensington Mansion will return May 18 and 19. The tours will focus on the restoration and rehabilitation of the mansion, the architectural features of the site, and information about the families who lived and worked at the site.

The Kensington Mansion is an antebellum-style property that has been recognized as a historic landmark in Richland County for decades. Recent updates to the property, conducted by International Paper, focused on maintaining the historical integrity of the mansion. It is considered a hybrid restoration and rehabilitation, because it included preserving, repairing and/or replacing existing fabric while upgrading systems to ensure the property is functional and safe.

Work done to the mansion includes a full roof replacement, significant interior and exterior repairs. According to Historic Columbia officials, repairs were necessary after the previous roof sustained damage from an ice storm in 2014.

The mansion was originally built between 1852 and 1854 by Colonel Richard Singleton, who was a wealthy cotton planter. It has 29 rooms and 12,000 sq.-ft. of floor space. International Paper purchased the Kensington property in the 1980s and restored the mansion after it had been used as a storage are for farm equipment, fertilizer and animal feed.

Tickets for the tours are $10 for Historic Columbia members and International Paper employees, and $15 for non-members. More information can be found about the tours HERE.

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