U.S. Architecture Ramps Up in 1877 August 05 2015

In the United States, 1877 marked the end of the Reconstruction Era, which brought the South back into the fold in the decade following the Civil War.  However, the end of this era didn't hinder the advance of architectural progress in the United States.  In it's second year, the American Architect and Building News continued to provide architects with all of the significant happenings within their industry.

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In June, cadet Henry Ossian Flipper became the first African American graduate from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.  October brought more to West Point, when General George Armstrong Custer was laid to rest at the Academy following his death at Little Big Horn the previous year.  Remembrance toward the nation's fighting men became more popular, as evidenced by this Soldiers' Memorial Chapel in Akron, Ohio, designed by Frank O. Weary.


July of 1877 brought riots by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad railroad workers in Baltimore, Maryland.  This would lead to a strike and more rioting by their fellow railroad workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In St. Louis, another worker's rebellion established a Communist government for a short time before the newly appointed President Hayes decided to call in the nation's armed forces to quell the uprising.  In more tranquil areas of the industry, this railroad station was built in Providence, Rhode Island.  It's design was handled by premier Boston architects Peabody & Stearns.