The South Carolina State Hospital was one of the first state-run mental asylums established in the United States, opening in 1828 on Bull Street in Columbia, South Carolina. The State Hospital serves as a model of larger, national trends in mental health care over the last 200 years. Its buildings in particular—Mills, Babcock, Ensor, the Horger Library and Benet Auditorium to name just a few—indeed reflect the evolving scientific and medical philosophies of curative versus custodial architecture, purpose-built versus non-purpose-built structures, decentralization and, finally, deinstitutionalization and the gradual abandonment of state hospitals for the mentally ill.

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view of the SC State Hospital campus

Blogging Bull Street

By on March 8, 2014

As you may have learned by reading our home page, our mission statement, or our bios, this site is the continuing product of a class at the University of South Carolina, working to collect research about the buildings and grounds of the former campus of the South Carolina State Hospital located on Bull Street in Columbia. Our ultimate goal is to publish a compilation of our findings on this website so that anyone can learn about the Bull Street campus, and pick up where we left off if they so wish.

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Filling In The Gaps

By on May 5, 2014

My group project wasn’t actually a group project. I did have a team – I was the latest addition to the webmaster team, with the express purpose of running the blog. Running the blog and altering some of its features

Our initial vision for the architectural exploration was a 3D model that would have labelled all key architectural features of a building on the Bull Street Campus.

Exploring Bull Street’s Architecture

By on May 5, 2014

By Sarah Moore, Meg Southern, and Hannah Whitlark Our group was tasked with creating a project that featured the architectural features of the Bull Street Campus, and that would complement the earlier individual student projects from the Digitizing Madness class.

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Have you ever gone down a Wikipedia rabbit hole?

By on May 4, 2014

Have you ever found yourself reading a Wikipedia article on a random topic you stumbled across and followed many links to what would seem like an unrelated page? Welcome to the wonderful world of hyperlinking. Hyperlinks connect ideas across webpages