On February 4, 1960, The Columbia Record published an article about three historic buildings in Columbia – the Theological Seminary Building (now known as the Robert Mills House), the Mills-designed State Hospital Building, and the DeBruhl-Marshall House.
The article read, “From time to time The Columbia Record will present photographs of the better examples of the former architecture, with the purpose of contributing to the movements to assure their survival.”
Regarding the Theological Seminary Building, the article read, “Originally constructed as the residence of a wealthy Columbia merchant, Ainsley Hall, it eventually was used by the seminary (now moved to Georgia) and later by the Columbia Bible College which purchased the property on which it stands.”
The Robert Mills House is today managed by Historic Columbia Foundation as a house museum.
Referred to as the “Famous Mills Building at the State Hospital”, the article read, “This celebrated structure, rated one of Mills’ best, is still in use, not as a hospital building, as it was originally, but as a home for the nurses of the hospital. Mills, pictured by historians as a shy man, seldom appeared at public affairs, but is said to have attended the dedication of this building, suggesting he may have had a particular affection for it. He designed the Washington Monument and other government structures there. Born in Charleston, he became nationally famous, and was a friend of Thomas Jefferson, himself something of an architect.”
Regarding recent developments at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s Bull Street campus, The State newspaper published this article on February 1, 2012.
The DeBruhl-Marshall House was described as “a fine example of the classic style in Southern domestic architectures, built in 1820, probably after a design of Robert Mills, for almost 100 years the home of the DeBruhl and Marshall families.”
More about the Debruhl-Marshall House (and contemporary images) may be found on the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website here.
Why “Preservation Matters”
Since its inception fifty years ago, Historic Columbia Foundation has remained true to its most basic principle – to save architecturally and culturally significant places by educating the public as to their importance. After preventing the destruction of the Robert Mills House the organization grew to further serve the capital city and Richland County as a preservation advocate championing the future or historic structures. Today, Historic Columbia Foundation models historic preservation and public education at the seven historic sites under its stewardship, through public outreach within downtown and county communities alike, and by allying itself with strategic partners dedicated to improving the quality of life for contemporary and future citizens.
Ways You Can Help:
1. Donate to Historic Columbia Foundation in honor of our 50th Anniversary. In an effort to save the Robert Mills House from demolition 265 visionary individuals, families and businesses each contributed $1,000 (equivalent to a $7,341 gift in 2011!) to Historic Columbia Foundation between 1961 and 1964. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Historic Columbia Foundation, our Board of Trustees invites you to continue the legacy of the 265 founding leaders by being among the first 265 donors to make a contribution to our 2011 – 2012 Anniversary Campaign. Your gift may serve as a memorial or honorarium and may be directed to benefit our special projects, endowment or general operation fund as noticed in 50th Anniversary donation form here.
• Donors at the $265 level or above will receive an invitation to a special tour and reception as well as discounted tickets (2) to the 2012 Anniversary Gala.
• Gifts at the $1,000 level and above will also be recognized on a donor plaque in the Robert Mills Founders Garden.
• At the $7,341 level donors will also receive a copy of a limited edition of “Be It Remembered” – a 1972 publication documenting the history of HCF and the founding families. Sustaining donors will receive an updated family history and new donors will have a current family history included in the revised “Be It Remembered” book.
2. Become a member of Historic Columbia Foundation. For as little as $35 (individual), your membership cost helps Historic Columbia Foundation in our local preservation and education efforts. Learn more…
3. Become a fan of the “Preservation Matters: Columbia, SC” page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/preservationmatters) and follow us on Twitter (@histcolumbia). Your likes, comments and retweets help us spread the word about our organization.
4. Volunteer for Historic Columbia Foundation. By volunteering for Historic Columbia Foundation, you meet new people, visit historic sites, and discover the culture and lifestyles of South Carolina’s capital city and Richland County. Spend as little as six hours per month, or volunteer each week with us fulfilling our mission to nurture, support, and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and its environs through programs of advocacy, education, and preservation. Learn more about becoming a volunteer (and the many volunteer benefits) here.
5. Spread the word about our 50th Anniversary by posting a link to this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and/or your website.
6. Encourage your employer to support Historic Columbia Foundation. Much like the 1,000 visionary donors in 1961, sustaining the efforts of Historic Columbia Foundation for the next 50 years will require donations not only from individuals and families, but also from local businesses. You can learn more about our business partners here. Contact Wendi Spratt in our development office at 803.252.7742 ext. 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org.