The Inn at USC is located in the heart of the University of South Carolina campus. Our 117-room boutique hotel blends historic splendor with contemporary comforts and modern amenities. 1910. Immerse yourself in Columbia, South Carolina history and the heritage of the great American South at the Inn at USC.
A University Home with Heritage
The Black House was built in 1910 by local businessman John Jefferson Cain. The home at 1619 Pendleton Street changed owners numerous occasions until it was purchased by Arthur Tompkins in 1930 during the Great Depression. The house was later passed down to Mary Murray Tompkins Black in 1966. Black lived in the house until 1974, when the city and USC seized the property through eminent domain. The goal was to build a parking lot in the building's place, but it was never built.
Historic Home Restoration
In 2003, the USC Development Foundation and IMIC Hotels proposed plans to build the Inn at USC. This would require the Black House to be torn down. However, preservationists and the Historic Columbia Foundation fought to block demolition. It was later decided that the house would become part of the hotel and function as its lobby. The Inn at USC, along with the Black House, opened its doors in June 2005 and is now a rich part of Columbia, South Carolina history.
The Inn at USC Today
In 2006, the renovated house received an award for adaptive re-use by the Historic Columbia Foundation.A wooden plank from the house, signed by Cain, sits in the hotel manager's office. In 2010, the Black House celebrated its centennial with a reception that was open to the public. Today, the Black House serves as the welcoming point for guests of the Inn at USC.
Architecture & Design
Enter the Italian-style house and step back in time. This two story, 8,000 square foot home was designed by William Augustus Edwards, a nationally renowned architect. Unique features include Honduran mahogany woodwork, decorative fireplaces that grace most of the home's 11 rooms and a butler button built into the dining room's hardwood floor that once summoned the kitchen staff. Three of the original rooms have been redesigned into the hotel's VIP suites.
University of South Carolina Campus History
The University of South Carolina was founded in 1805 and chartered in 1906. The university was a symbol of the South during the antebellum period. Graduates played a central role in South Carolina's secession from the Union during the Civil War. Today, 11 buildings make up the historic area of campus, also known as the Horseshoe. The Horseshoe is on the list of National Register of Historic Places. For more information regarding the history of the Black House & the Inn at USC, read the article in The State: www.thestate.com/2010/09/24/1480022/uscs-black-house-gateway-to-inn.html.