Historic Columbia Building to be Renovated


The Brennan Building – the oldest building along Main Street, reportedly built circa 1870, and home to the legendary Capitol Cafe from 1911 to 2002 – is getting a makeover.

First Citizens bank, a decade after purchasing the building at 1210-1214 Main St., has finally begun restoration of the historic structure, planning to re-use it for retail, office and meeting space. The restoration comes at a critical time for Main Street, which has seen resurgence in the past year with the location of Mast General Store, a new Nickelodeon Theater, Tapps Art Center and other developments that are bringing new life to the old street.

Bank officials declined to be interviewed for this story, but confirmed in an email that work had begun to preserve “its unique architectural design” and would take about 12 to 18 months to complete.


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