architecture + planning

Perrin - Thomas Community Center|
Columbia, SC

John Bowman Architect worked with The Richland County Recreation Commission in their Phase Three (3) Bond Referendum to design and locate a new community center for the Perrin Thomas community.  The new design is situated at the site of the old historic Perrin Thomas Elementary School.  The old existing school was demolished, and this new facility was designed and constructed in the same location.


This new building will serve the needs of the surrounding community to provide space for fellowship, community meetings, as well as recreational exercise classes.  The main interior space is designed to separated into multiple breakout rooms utilizing and operable sound wall.  Also, the center has a kitchen that includes a warming double oven, ice machine, and refrigerator.


The exterior skin of the building utilizes a two tone brick veneer with storefront windows.  The roof is comprised of standing seam metal roofing.  The design also includes a dedication to the old demolished elementary school with a replication of the monumental stone entrance.  The replication also includes the existing 60 year old lettering salvaged from the demolition.  This dedication serves to remember the historic tradition of the site and school that served The City of Columbia and surrounding communities for previous decades.