Back in February 2011, Malvaney ran a post about Wallace Augustus Rayfield, one of the first African American architects: Rayfield, a native of Georgia, was educated at Howard, Columbia and the Pratt Institute, and taught architecture and drafting at Tuskegee… Read More ›
Archive for July 2012
Check out the new blog “Mississippi Victorian,” an MDAH site that will follow the major renovation work now underway at the Manship House, one of two Jackson house museums operated by MDAH.
Time for another MissPres Architectural Word of the Week. As we move right along through the alphabet, you can check out our past words here. Have you been keeping an eye out for these elements like I have? This week’s… Read More ›
The Leland Methodist Church was constructed 1923-24 in a Mission, Spanish Revival style. The MDAH HRI database references similarity of the design of the Fayette, Alabama Methodist Church in crediting the architect (T. L. Brodie, conjectured) and builder (L. Vance, conjectured)…. Read More ›
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has offered the Fair Commission emergency stabilization money to save the Hinds County Armory by putting a new roof on the building and making the building weather tight to prevent deterioration until a full rehabilitation can take place.
Listed on the National Register both individually and as part of the Downtown Brookhaven Historic District, the Brookhaven Post Office is an impressive building. It’s also surrounded by impressive buildings, including the First Methodist Church and the Whitworth College campus… Read More ›
Now that we have hope for the future of Mound Bayou’s Taborian Hospital, maybe we can renew some energy for Yazoo City’s earlier Afro American Sons and Daughters Hospital, long abandoned and disappearing beneath ravenous vines. Mississippi’s first hospital for… Read More ›
Happy 110th Birthday Electromechanical Cooling! a.k.a. Air Conditioning! Mississippi is indeed indebted to Willis Carrier. So when you step out of the heat into some cool air be sure to thank Mr. Carrier.
We’ve been worried about the steep decline of the landmark Mississippi Industrial College property, especially the oldest building, Cathrine Hall (1905), which suffered structural damage in a storm back in 2009, damage that wasn’t addressed and quickly escalated into wholesale… Read More ›
The August 1964 issue of the Mississippi Architect magazine features a building type that I hadn’t even noticed on the landscape until Thomas Rossell started pointing it out to me: the motor bank, better known to us today as the… Read More ›
In his editorial for August 1964, Mississippi Architect editor and Jackson architect Bob Henry calls architects to public service. If you know an architect, odds are, he or she is serving on a board of some kind, whether public or… Read More ›
My first trip through Holly Springs was in the fall of 2003, on my way to Memphis. I was fascinated by the Square, and Mississippi Industrial College, and vowed to return. Although I finally made my first visit to MIC… Read More ›
For a current view of the campus, check out the Birdseye view on Bing: http://binged.it/M3tmJW and see if you can spot which original buildings are still there.
Port Commission Gets Its Wish on Ceres, Gains Large Vacant Space to Go Along With All Its Other Large Vacant Spaces
According to WLBT and the Vicksburg Post, Ceres Plantation was supposed to go to the wrecker on Tuesday. The antebellum house and its associated barns will be “dismantled” (i.e. salvaged as little building parts to be sold at upscale home… Read More ›
In 1858, I. C. Levy, a Jewish immigrant from France, began his clothing store in Holly Springs, originally in the Southwest block of the Square (John Mickle, The South Reporter, November 25, 1965). The MDAH Historic Inventory database identifies this block as… Read More ›