The Black House Turns 100

September 15, 2010
By Rachel Haynie

One of Columbia’s most enduring and iconic residences celebrates its first century in late September.

Known through its years as the Cain-Matthews-Tompkins House, the Mission Revival-style home turns 100 on September 30 (2010), and a gala tribute is in the works.

Designed by recognized architect William Augustus Edwards, the private residence was home to John Jefferson Cain, a renowned building contractor of the time. Cain erected the Jefferson Hotel (demolished in 1968), as well as the Barringer Building, the Palmetto Building, and the Columbia Building, all Main Street Columbia landmarks.

The former residence is now the focal point of The Inn at USC, 1619 Pendleton Street, located across from the National Advocacy Center. The home became the centerpiece for the inn after its 2005 renovation. Its first-floor entrance serves as the inn’s lobby and reception area and library, and three master bedrooms on the second floor reflect the opulence of the home’s earlier grandeur.

Flanking the original residence is new construction where another 115 guest rooms, 31 two-room suites, and meeting rooms perpetuate the city’s reputation for hospitality.
The property is managed by IMIC Hotels of Columbia.

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