Hibernian Hall, Charleston - click to enlarge

Hibernian Hall, Charleston

A building I have somehow never photographed in wide angle. Built in 1840 it is of historical significance in the US. How could I miss a full shot of this building !

Hibernian Hall, Charleston - click to enlarge
Hibernian Hall, Charleston – click to enlarge

The iron work here was done by a German master craftsman and is considered among the best in the country. That is a big statement since Charleston is famous for old iron work. Here everything from tenements, to Greek Revival mansions, and even cemetery plots are filled with iron art.

Wikipedia; ‘The hall is nationally significant for its use during the 1860 Charleston Convention, in which the Democratic Party, divided by opinions on slavery, failed to select a presidential nominee, ensuring victory for the anti-slavery Republican Party in the 1860 presidential election (Abraham Lincoln). The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1973.’

The convention being here is ironic since the first conflict starting the US Civil War started right down the street, a few blocks away.

Hibernian Hall, Charleston - click to enlarge
Hibernian Hall, Charleston – click to enlarge

Part of this structure was repaired (columns added) after the 1886 earth quake which damaged much of Charleston. Which was just being repaired due to the great fire of February 1861 and of course 567 days of siege and bombardment from the Union fleet in Charleston harbor.

There was a lot going on.

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