Sanborn insurance maps of Columbia, SC (between 1884 and 1919)
FYI: Sanborn fire insurance maps are available for approximately 12,000 towns and cities from 1867-2007. Why should you care?
- You can see changes in the architectural footprint of your neighborhood over time.
- If you live in an historic home, chances are it has changed significantly over time. Sanborn maps can show you when those changes took place. Ex: An addition was added to the rear of the home in the 1920s. A smokehouse in the back yard was demolished in the 1950s.
This has been your FYI from NNMM, your resident folklorist/historic preservationist.
This is pertinent information for sure, but LOOK AT THE TYPE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.