SC State House, Part 1 - Construction | Project Discovery


A visit to the renovated South Carolina State House.

At the end of the 1995 Legislative Session, State House staff moved across the street and the construction crews moved in. Many challenges were identified as the renovation began. Updates include the the new copper covering on the dome, the new slate roof, and the glass panes of the interior dome have been cleaned and replaced. In addition, the original skylights have been returned to the second floor lobby. In the House and Senate, four new chandeliers, fashioned after the original ones, have been added. A new state-of-the-art audio and video system has been added. The first floor corridor has been opened up, no longer blocked by office spaces. Historians worked with renovators to ensure accuracy. Original colors were used when possible, custom carpet was installed, marble floors were restored, and the renovators exposed original fireplaces, such as the one in the governor's office. New additions include an auditorium, new stairs, elevators, and passageways to accommodate fire and life safety, and building code requirements. The earthquake protection system was installed, as well as a new heating and air conditioning system, and a new electrical and plumbing system.