Destination Five Points
See It All!
A lively district filled with passion, culture, and drive; Five Points is ever evolving. Whether it’s the newfangled art piece to find, uncaptured selfie spots to visit, the latest beautification project, or a new neighbor to check out, make sure to stop in again soon!
Weighing over 15,000 pounds, this brick wheel stands upright at Devine Street and Saluda Avenue. The masonry sculpture was built by Jay Hubbell, a Columbia artist and stoneworker who built stone works across the Southeast and here in Columbia.
A popular spot for selfies, group shots, and more the Postcard Mural is a must-see! Commissioned by the Five Points Association, Drip Coffee, Pecknel Music Co. and One Columbia in 2017 artist Chad Brady brought the essence of Five Points together in a vibrant, breath taking, and colorful neighborhood depiction. Overlooking the main Five Points Fountain Plaza and serving as backdrop to the Exxon Lot the year and a half project captures the village’s renowned energy, musical history, eclectic shopping, exquisite dining and iconic St. Pat’s festival for a vivid snapshot of Columbia’s Original Village Neighborhood.
Hootie & the Blowfish Monument
To honor the hometown band in 2010, the Five Points Association unveiled the Hootie & the Blowfish Monument at Harden Street and Santee Avenue, following an honorary street renaming.
The stainless-steel sculpture stands about 10-feet wide and 20-feet long with spires reaching 17-feet skyward. The monument features a large, sidewalk-embedded marble plaque in the shape of a guitar pick and throughout the ribbons you’ll see metal musical stanzas.
God Bless America
After the devastating events of September 11, 2001 local artist with strong ties to Five Points, Ralph Waldrop gathered a group of Vietnam Vets to paint an American flag on the side of the former Yesterday’s Restaurant and Tavern.
Five Points – 1948
Legendary Columbia artist, Blue Sky made his mark on Five Points in 1989. Originally painted on the exterior of Harper’s Restaurant (now Home Team BBQ) this full length (18-by-48-foot) scene of Five Points circa 1948 depicts the vantage point half way up the Devine Street hill.
Rubble Without a Cause
Completed in 2019, Rubble Without a Cause adds another masterpiece to the lengthy list of Blue Sky’s Columbia collection. No stranger to Five Points, Blue Sky completed his first mark on Five Points in 1990 with “Five Points – 1948,” on the wall of Home Team BBQ – formerly, Harper’s. Learning the lesson, “never paint a mural in a place nobody ever sees it,” after completing 1948, there’s no missing the eye-catching addition on Blossom Street!
The View from Mount Zion
International muralist Mcllellan Douglas of Interactive Artworks returned home during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic from his works overseas. During his time back in Columbia he felt the need to share his talents in the places of his hometown that he has always cherished. Natural Vibrations is one of those places for Mcllellan. They have been a staple in Five Points since 1997. The mural he created there is intended to bring the community a sense of hope and strength with its imagery and inspirational words of reggae and Rastafarian legend Bob Marley. He is known to be the embodiment of “One Love” and an ambassador of truth and justice.
The completion of the Centennial Plaza culminates efforts of Five Points’ Centennial Year in 2015, and will perpetuate the rich history of the village neighborhood as the third water feature and monument to honor Colonel Jack Van Loan.
Blossom Street Train Trestle
The Blossom Street Train Trestle Beautification Project was completed in three phases:
Stripping and repainting of the buttresses on either side of the train tracks – Completed November 2016
Planting of new planters surrounding the entire train trestle, and irrigation installation – Completed April 2017
Pressure washing and painting of the steel overpass, followed by the installation of lettering reading “Five Points” on both sides – Completed July 2018.
Harden Street Alleyway
Harden Street Lot
Until its makeover in the summer of 2020, you may have referred to the Harden Street Parking Lot as the Exxon Lot as Newman’s Exxon was the previous occupier and a Five Points mainstay for five decades. After closing, the centrally located gas station was razed to add much needed parking for the hospitality district. The “Exxon Lot” became the most obvious destination identifier, especially while the station sign remained standing.
Landmarks & Things to Find
Five Points Plaza Fountain
Synonymous with Five Points to locals and a must-see for visitors, the Five Points Fountain was built in 1997 by the Five Points Association. This prominent landmark provides a beautiful and iconic gathering place, backdrop for photos, epicenter for events and more.
Saluda Avenue Fountain
A decade after the iconic Five Points Plaza Fountain was made its mark, the second fountain made its debut marking the entrance into Five Points from Blossom Street at Saluda Avenue.
Logan the Leprechaun
You may have spotted Logan hanging around Five Points, but have you found all six!?
Let the Great Five Points Leprechaun Hunt begin!
Group Therapy Bronze Doorstep
For over 30 years, Group Therapy has been a local staple of Five Points’ nightlife scene. Anyone who has passed through the Greene Street entrance has seen the bronze doorstep wieh the bar’s name oozing out onto the sidewalk. Danny Berry and Beth Lind, part of a group of artists in Columbia who referred to themselves as “the collective,” signed the bronze piece upon it’s completion.
Developed between 1919 and 1967, Five Points is historically significant as Columbia’s first suburban retail shopping center. The historic district includes 74 “resources,” mostly buildings dating from the 1920s through the 1940s. It joins more than 1,400 National Register listings in South Carolina, including the South Carolina State House, Fort Sumter National Monument, and Orangeburg’s downtown. A historic preservation grant from the Richland County Conservation Commission funded the research and writing of the nomination.
Claussen’s at 2003 Greene Street was built in 1928 as a bakery. Later it became a hotel, and in 2019 was transformed into boutique studio apartments. In perfect timing, the iconic building opened in June 2019, just after the Five Points District was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Five Points Theater & Marquee
Opening the doors in 1939 the Five Points Theater was a favorite spot for locals with tickets just nine cents! Restored in 2000, you can find the original Five Points Theater marquee on the 600 block of Harden Street.
Located at the intersection of Santee, Devine and Harden, Yesterday’s was built as one of the first known businesses in Five Points – Gibson’s Economy Drug Store – built in 1935. A watch repair shop and other restaurants have shared space in the “flatiron” until 1976 when Yesterday’s opened its door.