Visanska-Starks House

Visanska-Starks House (HM172S)

Location: Columbia, SC 29204 Richland County
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N 34° 0.633', W 81° 1.105'

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This house, built after 1900, was originally a two-story frame residence with a projecting bay and wraparound porch; a fire in 1989 destroyed the second story. Barrett Visanska (1849-1932), a jeweler, bought the house in 1913. Visanska, a native of Poland, was a leader in Columbia's Jewish community and a founder of the Tree of Life Congregation. In 1938 Dr. John J. Starks, president of Benedict College, bought the house.

(Reverse text)
Dr. John Jacob Starks (1876-1944), the first black president of Benedict College, lived here from 1938 until his death. Starks was president of Seneca Institute 1899-1912; Morris College 1912-1930; and Benedict College 1930-1944. After World War II this house served as the nurses' home for Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital, created by merger in 1939. It was later a private residence once more.
HM NumberHM172S
Marker Number40-134
Year Placed2007
Placed ByRichland County Conservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:57am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 498299 N 3763325
Decimal Degrees34.01055000, -81.01841667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.633', W 81° 1.105'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 37.98" N, 81° 1' 6.30" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2214 Hampton St, Columbia SC 29204, US
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