The Nation Develops in 1885 August 24 2015

This is the tenth installment in our series of posts comparing significant events from a year in United States history with a few of our unique architectural plans from the same period.  1885, the topic of this installment, subsequently marks the tenth year of the American Architect and Building News' existence.

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On February 16 of 1885, the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average was published by Charles Dow, a major step in the development of the United States' economy.  The average originally represented the dollar average of 14 of the most important United States stocks, while today it represents the average of 30.  The original average consisted of 12 railroads, including the New York Central railroad.  A beautiful station for the New York Central, as well as the Hudson River Railroad in Schenectady, New York is presented below, designed by R. H. Robertson & A. J. Manning.

Railroad Station for the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad , Schenectady, NY, 1885, R. H. Robertson & A. J. Manning


In Chicago, Illinois, the tallest building in the world was completed in 1885.  The Home Insurance Building was ten stories tall and the world's first skyscraper.  It was the king for four years, until being passed by the Auditorium Building in 1889, also built in Chicago.  This plan for the Adams Express Building for A.J. Cooper & Jas D. Carson from 1885 in Chicago only has eight stories, but was sure to tower over the rest of the city when its Geo. H. Eabrooke design was completed.

Adams Express Building, 183-189 Dearborn St., Chicago, IL, 1885. Original Plan.