2000 Christmas in Columbia Ornament of Opportunity – City Hall


In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Babcock Center Foundation proudly presents the 2000 “Official City Ornament.” This year’s ornament depicts City Hall.


Designed by Supervising Architect of the Treasury Alfred Bult Mullett in 1870, the new court house was to be a stately Renaissance Revival structure. Unlike any other building in Columbia, the unique stone structure was a continuation of the evolving styles drawn by Mullett, who was the Supervising Architect to the Treasury, and therefore reflected a national trend in architecture that was not prominent in the capital city. Built by the federal government just a few years after the Civil War, this structure was a new chapter in Columbia’s history and its evolving streetscape.