Back in June’s “Rumblings and Bumblings from Meridian” I noted some rumors about the possible demolition of downtown Meridian’s Meridian Hotel, built in 1910 as one of the first “skyscrapers” in Meridian, and an anchor of the downtown historic district… Read More ›
Archive for August 2011
Photos of damage to the National Cathedral in Washington DC from today’s earthquake in the Atlantic Monthly.
A few months ago, Blake Wintory, director of Lakeport Plantation Museum–which because it’s just across the river from Greenville makes him an honorary Mississippian–e-mailed me with a question that kind of blew my mind. He asked if I knew that… Read More ›
Although not really a new concept in the preservation world, the interest in preserving ranch houses and other mid-century buildings caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal in “Plain, Common . . . and Historic?.”
In yesterday’s post, we learned about Vicksburg’s first concrete block building, the Bonelli Building on Washington Street. Mr. Bonelli’s idea apparently caught on quickly because within a few months, a Vicksburg contractor, J.W. Mann, had set up a plant to… Read More ›
Recently during my microfilm tour of the 1905/1906 issues of the Vicksburg Post in search of something completely different, I stumbled on two articles that detailed the establishment of Vicksburg’s concrete block industry, and remembering our own Thomas Rosell’s posts… Read More ›
I interrupt this promised all-Vicksburg-themed week with an announcement I think is important enough to jump in unexpectedly. Yesterday, Jessica Crawford, the Southeast Regional Director of The Archaeological Conservancy, sent me this press release announcing the Conservancy’s recent purchase of… Read More ›
The July 2011 issue of the newsletter of the Pearl River County Historical Society, The Historical Reporter of Pearl River County, featured a long article about the life and career of yet another once-prominent but now mostly unrecognized Mississippi architect, P.J…. Read More ›
The Sun Herald has a positive report on the efforts of the 33rd Avenue High School Alumni Association and MDAH to restore the once segregated Gulfport high school.
The Wall Street Journal discusses the controversy in Charleston over the enormous cruise ship now calling the city its home. Unfortunately but predictably, the comments show how this local but significant debate, which should be about the sometimes uncomfortable interplay… Read More ›
Gulf Towers, a high-rise apartment building in Biloxi, was the featured Mississippi building in the February 1964 issue of Mississippi Architect. It might be hard to remember now, but back in 1964, before Camille and of course before Katrina, the… Read More ›
As sometimes happens in the Mississippi Architect magazines–produced by the Mississippi chapter of the AIA from March 1963 through March 1965–we can see in hindsight today themes common to both the locally produced editorial and one of the nationally produced… Read More ›