Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
South Carolina State Hospital
Erected 1938 by The Columbia Sesquicentennial Commission of 1936 I-2. (Marker Number 40-28.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 34° 0.896′ N, 81° 2.037′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Bull Street (U.S. 76) and Elmwood Avenue, in the median on Bull Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2100 Bull Street, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. South Carolina State Hospital, Mills Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Modjeska Simkins House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pieces of the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1900 Block of Henderson Street / William J. Sumter An Enduring Landmark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mann-Simons Cottage (approx. ¼ mile away); Seibels House (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel Thomas Taylor (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Regarding South Carolina State Hospital. (South Carolina Lunatic Asylum) Designed by native South Carolina architect Robert Mills, the ca. 1827 South Carolina State Hospital Mills Building is considered to be an example of Mills at his best, distinctive in its boldness of conception, its inventive quality, its simplicity and power. It is a structure of national importance in the architectural development of America. It is also the oldest structure in the United States continuously used as a mental hospital. Early additions to the Classical Revival style building (in 1838 and 1842) are associated with Samuel Sloan, another architect of national reputation. The fact that the talents of both men are preserved in one building is unique. Mills was a great exponent of the classic tradition, particularly the Greek Revival, while Sloan was more eclectic. Sloan exhibited his talents in the State Hospital Mills Building in such a way
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,121 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 17, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.