Arsenal Hill is supposed to be Columbia's oldest "neighborhood". I guess that is after downtown, which dates from 1790. Arsenal Hill neighborhood predates the civil war, I believe, and includes the South Carolina Governor's Mansion as one of its structures. The neighborhood has made a huge comeback in the last 15 years, with old homes seeing renovations and new homes being developed.
Finlay Park is in the foreground with the Governor's Hill development overlooking the park.
Here are some closeups of the Governor's Hill development. This is a big improvement over the parking lot that used to be there.
I found this picture of the Pavilion Towers, apartments located on the edge of Arsenal Hill. They started this area's renaissance when they were opened in 1989.
This is a charming little church in the Arsenal Hill neighborhood. Notice my consistency with liking stone structures.