Hurricane Camille high watermark was documented with a plaque by Glenn Swetman on the front steps of his West Biloxi home c.1970. Hurricane Katrina would bring approximately five more feet of water enough to have about two feet of water into the house. In their estate the Swetmans left the structure to the City of Biloxi. Since then the building has housed the George Ohr Pottery Museum and the Hurricane Katrina office of MDAH.
May is National Preservation Month! For the seventh year the City of Biloxi, Biloxi Bay Chamber, Biloxi Main Street, Biloxi Public Schools, and the Local History & Genealogy Department of the Biloxi Public Library have teamed up to present the award-winning Preservation in… Read More ›
I enjoy viewing architectural renderings of buildings. They often show a structure as its designer intended and depict the building at its peak of glory, though often the reality of a situation sets in and prevents that pinnacle design from… Read More ›
We had previously discussed the perforated metal lath sheets used for the 1891 construction of the Washington County Courthouse. In that post wire metal lath was mentioned. Of the three common types of metal lath (perforated sheet, expanded, and wire)… Read More ›
I’m not sure of the date of this postcard, but it’s after 1964, when St. Michael’s landmark shell roof took its place on the landscape and probably before Hurricane Camille in 1969. Maybe a Biloxian will be able to tell… 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. VII (1903). Beauvoir The property in Harrison county, lying along the Gulf coast about half way between Biloxi… Read More ›
Two weeks ago we quietly celebrated the fourth birthday of MissPres.com with a great article about the early conversations regarding the first restoration the Old Capitol. Discussing the old capital has become an anniversary tradition. Another anniversary tradition has been the introduction of a… Read More ›
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I was glad to see that the Wildwoods Shore Resort Historic District in New Jersey made it through relatively unscathed. This got me thinking about some of our lost motels on the Mississippi… Read More ›