Babcock Building – South Carolina State Hospital

A night-time view of the “center main” building at South Carolina State Hospital’s Babcock Building. The main building was designed by Samuel Sloan, the patient wings which flank the main building were designed by George E Walker. The building was constructed in phases, the male wing was built first and actually used for patients before any of the other sections were built. Sloan’s center main was completed last. During the planning of this building (which was conceived as a solution to overcrowding in the original asylum building designed by Robert Mills), there was much debate about whether the Kirkbride Plan was suitable. Although by far …