Charleston in 1883


In 1883, Arthur Mazyck published the book, “Charleston South Carolina in 1883 : with heliotypes of the principle objects of interest in and around the city and historical and descriptive notices,” which contained images of Charleston buildings and sights. The images are unique, because only three years later, Charleston was devastated by a major earthquake, which damaged or destroyed many of Charleston’s buildings. In 1983, architectural historian and College of Charleston faculty member Gene Waddell updated Mazyck’s work to produce the book, “Charleston in 1883”. This digital collection contains scans from both editions.