SOCO BullStreet

The Bakery at BullStreet was one of the first historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects in the district. It is now home to SOCO, a platform and community for independent workers, freelancers and technology companies. Once an actual bakery for the hospital campus, the Bakery was first historic building to be renovated in The BullStreet District.
Hughes Development Corporation worked with Buchanan Construction Services and 1×1 Design to create a model for what future buildings could look like. Completed in September 2016, the Bakery at BullStreet was the winner of Historic Columbia’s 2017 Preservation Award and is now a hub for the growing BullStreet Technology Village.
SOCO is a platform and community for creators, indie workers and entrepreneurs. SOCO creates inspiring spaces where you can work and work together; incredible events and activities to help you connect with your “tribe”; and a range of learning opportunities to hone your skills and grow your craft. At the center of it all is a strong belief in the power of community and living life on your terms.
Standing in the shadows of the grand Babcock building for almost a century, the Bakery has an architectural history worthy of preservation. This structure illustrates the importance and the history of occupational therapy at the height of nineteenth-century psychiatry. The Bakery—in addition to its counterpart at State Park— also set the standard for similar vocational buildings, such as the Laundry at the Spring Grove Hospital Center and the Bakery at West Point. Hear more from someone who worked at The Bakery.