Beaufain Street, B. Pressley Smith Residence

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Photograph showing the damage from the earthquake that occurred on August 31, 1886 to the residence of Benjamin Pressley Smith at 88 Beaufain Street, no longer extant. The caption on reverse reads, "Taken after the 31st of August, 1886. No. 172, Porch of residence of B. Pressley Smith." Kate McCloy purchased the damaged properties at 86 and 88 and built a large two-and-a-half story house on the site.

George LaGrange Cook was a well-known photographer in Charleston who photographed the destruction of the 1886 earthquake soon after it happened, producing a series of images titled "Cook's Earthquake Views of Charleston and Vicinity" that could be purchased as souvenirs.