The Nation Shakes in 1886 August 26 2015

This is the eleventh 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.  1886, the topic of this installment, subsequently marks the eleventh year of the American Architect and Building News' existence.

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In 1886 a general strike began among the workers of the United States to fight for better working rights within the nation.  It culminated with the Haymarket affair at Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois.  Originally a peaceful rally in support of those striking, the situation took a turn for the worse when someone threw a bomb towards the police line watching over the protests.  Seven police officers and four citizens were ultimately killed in the resulting chaos.  This Store Building on State St. for Ben Bagaman would soon be built near to the square, and its workers would soon be rewarded with the eight-hour workday fought for by their fellow workers.  It was designed by Addison & Fielder.

Store Building on State St. for Ben Bagaman, Esq., Chicago, IL, 1886, Addison & Fielder


On August 31 of 1886, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 hit the coast of southeastern South Carolina, right near Charleston.  Over 2,000 buildings in the area were destroyed and 60 lives were lost.  Before this earthquake, almost no seismic activity was recorded in the history of the area, though it sits right near an active tectonic region.  The St. James' Goosecreek Church in Charleston, South Carolina, designed by an unknown architect, likely was built after the earthquake hit the region.  However, one would hope that all new buildings built in the area after the event would be reinforced to prevent such massive damage in the future.

St. James' Goosecreek Church, Charleston, SC, 1886, Unknown