Fountain Inn Heritage Museum & Farmers Market
Fountain Inn, SC
Fountain Inn takes its name from the old inn with a fountain that attracted travelers seeking a rest from the tiresome stagecoach journeys between Greenville and the Low Country of South Carolina. Today the City would like to capture those days, as well as snapshots in time in the new Fountain Inn History Museum. An integral part of the City’s downtown revitalization effort the Museum is located on a site adjacent to an active rail line. DP3 Architects created several design alternatives for the building from which the City chose a “depot” approach to reflect the original use of the historic site. The new 5,100-square-foot facility houses the following:
- 2,800-square-foot museum exhibit area
- 35-seat museum orientation theatre
- Director’s office Support and public spaces
As the gateway to southern Greenville County the facility also features a visitor center sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.
As an ongoing effort to revitalize downtown Fountain Inn, the city selected DP3 Architects to develop improvements to Depot Street and the surrounding area. The resulting design realigned Depot Street and narrowed it to a one-way street with parallel parking and sidewalks. This simple change helped to create a continuous connection to the rest of downtown Fountain Inn.
In addition to the streetscape changes, the firm designed an outdoor pavilion to house the Fountain Inn Farmers Market. The venue serves many other uses ranging from a simple gathering place to a band stand.
The New Fountain Inn Cultural Heritage Museum, also designed by DP3 Architects, sits adjacent to the Farmers Market and serves to revitalize the downtown and surrounding area.