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The Asylum: A Building Built To Stand The Test of Time

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COLUMBIA, SC (WLTX)   The old Department of Mental Health Campus on Bull Street houses some of the oldest buildings in Columbia.  

Most noticeably the Asylum built by Robert Mills.

News 19's takes you inside the old building and talks  about how this landmark has stood the test of time

One of the campuses most noticeable buildings is the Asylum, with an even more iconic architect, Robert Mills. 

 "He was an architect that was the first federal architect; he served under some presidents, but he made an incredible impact in South Carolina." 

Mills who is most known for constructing the Washington monument, has left his footprint all across the Palmetto state.

Standing tall in the midst of decades of change is the asylum. 

"He was among many architects in the early 19th century, who were designing impressive buildings to kind of prove that we are an established nation, we are important and we are going to last."

The building has now been converted to an office, but the winding staircases and original bricks in the building are still intact. 

The campus is a part of a land agreement that will be turned into a live work and play district. 

In the midst of years of changes and changes to come... one thing remains... the asylum, something historians believe will stand as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all to see. 

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