The work of Robert Mills, South Carolina’s famed architect, is featured in an exhibit at the Camden Archives and Museum through June 20. The exhibit features multiple versions of the Mills Atlas of the State of South Carolina, a collection of charts and maps produced between 1825 and 1980.
Katherine H. Richardson, director of the Camden Archives and Museum, shared some must-know facts about Robert Mills:
1. He is widely known as America’s First Architect since he was the first architect born and trained in America.
2. Thomas Jefferson invited the young Robert Mills to live at Monticello and study his architecture book for two years.
3. Mills studied with European architects James Hoban (who designed The White House) and Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
4. He was born in 1781 and grew up in Charleston.
5. Mills is best known for designing the Washington Monument in Baltimore and the Washington Monument.
6. Mills was an early proponent of humane care for the mentally ill and prisoners. His building designs for mental hospitals and prisons and jails reflect his philosophy.
7. Mills was the first Superintendent of Public Buildings for South Carolina.
The Robert Mills exhibit is free and open to the public. The Camden Archives and Museum is at 1314 Broad St. in Camden, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call (803) 425-6050.