Just a handful of stories from around the state this week: News out of Corinth is the report that an unauthorized demolition in the Historic District was halted because the owner did not have the proper permits to tear down the building. … Read More ›
Today’s post is a reprint from Mrs. N.D. Deupree’s “Some Historic Homes of Mississippi,” from Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society, Vol. VI (1902). Jacob Thompson’s Home Among the historic homes of Mississippi in ante-bellum days there were none more… Read More ›
Today’s post is a reprint from Mrs. N.D. Deupree’s “Some Historic Homes of Mississippi,” from Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society, Vol. VI (1902). Kirkwood In the northeast corner of Madison county is Kirkwood, the home of Gov. McWillie. In… Read More ›
Today’s post is a reprint from Mrs. N.D. Deupree’s “Some Historic Homes of Mississippi,” from Publications of the Mississippi Historical Society, Vol. VI (1902). Concord, the old residence of the Spanish governors, was situated about three miles east of the… Read More ›
While not breaking news, I learned this week that shortly after the April 2012 Power of Preservation in Economic Development Conference, the Mississippi Heritage Trust made available on their website several of the presentations given at that conference in Ocean… Read More ›
This paper, so far devoted to descriptions of plantation and suburban homes, will now give a story of a city home, the “Porterfield” home of Vicksburg. It is a large, square-built brick house, three stories high, with long wide halls, three in number, two rooms on each side of the hall on each floor except the first; this has two on the right of the entrance and one, the banqueting hail, on the left, a room 24 by 42 feet, with ceiling 18 feet in height.
The building is fashioned after the style of the old English manor-houses: square built, with wide windows, broad, heavy doors, and solid floors. The doors bear the marks of spurs and bayonets made by Grant’s soldiers as they tried in vain to force their way into stores and mansion, when on the raid from Vicksburg to Jackson in 1863.
If you’ve ever read the MissPres post The Beauty of Modernist Storefronts, you’ve seen some HABS images of Jackson’s long gone, international style, J.C. Penney department store. This unique building was taken away before it had the opportunity to be appreciated. J.C. Penney Department… Read More ›
I was in Greenwood recently and while there I decided to go check on a hunch I had about a scene in The Help. I don’t actually have a great visual memory, but for some reason, this scene reminded me… Read More ›
We heard early yesterday that the Webster County Courthouse in the tiny town of Walthall caught fire around 2:30 AM and was not completely under control until 7 o’clock. Tom Freeland at the North Mississippi Commenter posted an update yesterday afternoon. Preservation architect… Read More ›
Schools are structures that are often duplicated from one set of plans, as seen in some of Malvaney’s early Architectural Twins posts (January 14, 2010 & July 14, 2010). The school board of Hattiesburg was no different when they hired… Read More ›
Before we get back to our regular programming next week, I thought I might catch up with a few interesting tidbits I’ve come across in my news reading over the holidays. If you’re a new reader, you might not catch… Read More ›
Thanks to MissPreser John C for passing along this link to an article in the New York Times this week, “Last Chapter for a Court with a Place in History.” The Meridian Star has recently announced that the federal courthouse… Read More ›
On this 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we think of our friends and landmarks on the Gulf Coast and hope to see them on the other side of Hurricane Isaac. Meanwhile, we pause to remember another one of our landmarks… Read More ›
Forty-three years ago today, Mississippi lost one of its handful of Frank Lloyd Wright designs, a house in Pass Christian known as the Fuller House. Located at 317 Sandy Hook Drive, the house, designed in 1951, was considered part of… 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.
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 ›