2019-01-04 / On Second Thought

Historic Columbia to go behind-the-scenes at Claussen’s Bakery

Contributed by Historic Columbia

Claussen’s Bakery, exterior Claussen’s Bakery, exterior On Thursday, January 17, Historic Columbia will take guests on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Claussen’s Bakery, a historic Five Points landmark that originated as Claussen’s Bakery in 1928.

The building was built by George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant who had previously established a steam bakery in Charleston. Through the first half of the 20th century, Claussen expanded his business to Greenville, as well as Augusta and Savannah, Georgia. Within a decade of its opening, Claussen’s put Columbia on the map as an important center for bakery products and employed several hundred throughout the state.

Besides its significance in Columbia’s industrial development, Claussen’s is an icon of a popular band of corporate style architecture that arose during its early years. For Claussen’s, this type of design prioritizes function over fashion with three loading doors adjacent to both a railroad and parking lot in the back and no decorative design on the interior. The building also has a substantial metal framing system throughout, which was necessary for the heavy baking equipment that was carried back and forth at the time.

Claussen’s Bakery, interior Claussen’s Bakery, interior Until it ceased operation in 1963, Claussen’s Bakery made significant contributions to the industrial and commercial development of Columbia.

Learn more about the origins of this building and see for yourself by going behind-the-scenes with Historic Columbia Thursday, January 17.

Tickets are $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Sales are currently open to members only, and will be available to the public Thursday, January 10.

For more information or to register, visit historiccolumbia.org, call 803-252-7742 x 15 or email lking@historiccolumbia.org.

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