Columbia’s famous-ish polka house comes down. Buy a piece of it and help a good cause

Perhaps the most recognizable house in Columbia — certainly the most recognizable house in the Shandon neighborhood — will be torn down this week, after a years-long battle to do just that.

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But you can keep a part of the famous-ish pink polka-dotted house for yourself, and in doing so, contribute to a good cause.

Lee Willm, a local home-builder who owns the pink-spotted duplex at the corner of Rosewood Drive and South Walker Street, is preserving some of the polka dots and selling them to collect donations for the Lexington Medical Center breast cancer program.

“I figured it’d be good for some people who’d like to keep a memento,” said Willm, who purchased the duplex this year with plans to tear it down and build two new homes on the lot. “I’ve had people affected by breast cancer. Pink, the color, was good for (breast cancer awareness).”

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