The Bull Street asylum housed patients for 200 years before it was abandoned – will a fire hinder the restoration process?

Bull Street Mental Asylum –
by Back Forty Aerial Solutions
on Sketchfab

Note: Due to the complexity of the 3d map, it is best viewed on a desktop device.

Built between 1822 and 1827, the Babcock Building was the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum housing and treating the state’s mentally ill for nearly 200 years. The last of the asylum’s patients were removed in 1990 and the site was completely abandoned in 1996, the elements have worn away at the looming structure.

Once a city within a city, the 181- acre asylum property is in the process of rebirth. Just next-door to the Babcock building the Columbia Fireflies now play baseball, tech companies are moving in, a church has plans to move into the properties former power station.
The iconic Babcock building that you see in the map above is currently in the process of being restored and converted into roughly 200 apartments.
The city truly is working to turn a seemingly dark part of South Carolina’s history into the shining gem of its future. But a recent fire in the Babcock building may hinder future renovations.
You can keep up to date on the future of the Bull Street Project by clicking below.
We would like to thank our friends at Back Forty Aerial Solutions for providing us with this amazing 3-D scan of the Babcock property. Check out their website below for some amazing SC aerial footage and photos!