1616 Blanding Street
Robert Mills House and Garden
Built between 1823 and 1825, the Robert Mills House is named for its designer, a native Charlestonian who became the nation's first federal architect. Though intended as a fashionable private home for English merchant Ainsley Hall and his lower Richland County wife, Sarah, the early 19th-century mansion historically served only institutional purposes. Depicted in a 1908 postcard, the Hall's mansion was the centerpiece of the Columbia Theological Seminary.