Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
South Carolina State Hospital, Mills Building
South Carolina Lunatic Asylum
South Carolina State Hospital
Designed by Robert Mills
Healing With Concern
1822 - 1972
South Carolina Department
Of Mental Health
(Lower Left Medallion)
The National Register of Historic Places
Department of History
South Carolina State Hospital
(Lower Right Medallions)
American Revolution Bicentennial
Richland County Committee
Location. 34° 0.882′ N, 81° 1.991′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Bull Street (U.S. 76) near Elmwood Avenue (U.S. 321,21). Touch for map. Located on Hospital Campus, right side of Bull Street Driveway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2100 Bull Street, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named South Carolina State Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Modjeska Simkins House (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seibels House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Thomas Taylor Mann-Simons Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ebenezer Lutheran Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Columbia Male Academy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Taylor Burying Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Regarding South Carolina State Hospital, Mills Building. (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.
Also see . . .
1. Robert Mills (architect) from Wikipedia. Mills studied in Charleston, South Carolina as a student of Irish-born architect James Hoban who later designed the White House which became the official home of US presidents. (Submitted on September 24, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Mills Building, South Carolina State Hospital, From Wikipedia. ... formerly known as the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum.... (Submitted on September 24, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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