We lost some very old friends this year and some friends we hardly had a chance to meet. The list is shorter than last year’s, but still contains some significant places that we will no longer have around. As usual, it’s not a comprehensive list of all historic buildings destroyed in the state, but I think it hits the most well-known, as well as a few lesser lights.
For comparison with previous years lists see 2011, 2010 and 2009.
Corinth Machinery Building (1869). Oldest industrial building in Mississippi. Finally collapsed after years of neglect in Jan. 2012.
Mississippi Chemical Company Headquarters (1968-69, Dean & Pursell, archts.) A landmark on the bluff at Yazoo City, coming in from the Delta. Demolished January 2012.
Bentonia Consolidated School, Yazoo County. Travelers on Highway 49 have been watching this building collapse in on itself until finally demolished in March 2012. This is how the building looked in 2006, courtesy of MDAH, but soon after the center section’s roof began to sag after a storm and then it was a quick decline.
Patterson-Rexall Drug Store (c.1950, Robert Overstreet, architect). Demolished in April 2012 by Baptist Hospital without even a hint of imagination or creativity in its insatiable demand for new land for development.
Smithville School, Monroe County (1936, R.W. Naef, archt.) Damaged in the tornado of April 2011, the school was finally torn down in 2012 after the Mississippi Department of Archives and History declined to designate it a Mississippi Landmark.
Ceres Plantation, RIP 2012. Subject of frequent updates here on MissPres, Ceres Plantation was finally demolished, er, deconstructed by the Warren County Port Commission, whose industrial park is going so well they need this extra space. Except it’s half vacant. Weird.
Cathrine Hall, Mississippi Industrial College (photo by joseph a) (1905-2012). The subject of several posts here on MissPres, the oldest building on the MIC campus in Holly Springs, now owned by Rust College, was finally demolished in 2012 after years of neglect and a recent roof collapse.
(old) First Church of Christ, Scientist, 755 Riverview Drive, Jackson (1958, E.L. Malvaney & Associates, Charles D. Faulkner, associated architects). Carunzel told me I should go take pictures of this building, but I failed to do so before it was torn down in the summer of 2012. This Google streetview doesn’t do the cool Modernism of the building due justice.
Vandiver Student Union, Mississippi Delta CC, Moorhead (Brewer, Skewes, Godbold, archts., Hill-McGowin, contractors). Demolished either in 2011 or 2012. One of the round Modern buildings featured in Modernism in the Mississippi Delta
For kicks, I checked in on the not-so-well-tended grassy lot that held the Meridian Hotel until last year. Here’s how it looked as of August 2012. I’m sure that the arts and entertainment center that the hotel fell victim to is just about to get underway. Any minute now. Just a second, wait for it . . . only $15 million more to raise and then up it will go. Nothing to see here, keep walking, people!
Categories: Corinth, Demolition/Abandonment, Historic Preservation, Jackson, Meridian, Yazoo City