East Battery, William Ravenel Residence

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Photograph showing the damage from the earthquake that occurred on August 31, 1886 to the front of the home of William Ravenel located at 13 East Battery. The piazzas to the home of Charles R. Holmes, Jr. (19 East Battery) are visible on the right and a portion of the William Roper House (9 East Battery) can be seen on the left. Caption on reverse reads, "No. 62 Wm. Ravenel, East Battery, front". The 1886 Charleston City Directory lists William Ravenel at the incorrect address of 13 East Bay. Handwritten on front reads, "Earthquake Scene, Charleston, So.Ca. - Ravenel House".

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.