Claussen’s Bakery, 2003 Greene Street, Columbia, 1940. Image courtesy Russell Maxey Photograph Collection, Richland Library
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.

Per Historic Columbia, the building was built by George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant who had previously established a steam bakery in Charleston. 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 brand of corporate-style architecture that arose during its early years,” notes John Sherrer, director of cultural resources at Historic Columbia (Columbia Business Monthly). “Until it ceased operation in 1963, Claussen’s Bakery made significant contributions to the industrial and commercial development of Columbia.”