In January 1946, Manufacturer’s Record, whose byline was “A Publication for Executives,” published an issue dedicated to the business opportunities in Mississippi. A friend sent me this copy, and it contains a treasure-trove of information about all those mid-20th-century industrial buildings, many… Read More ›
Back before Jackson’s Veterans Administration Hospital became “Sonny Montgomery Medical Center” and before the building expanded into a labyrinth designed to confuse veterans and their families, the land it sat on was owned by the State of Mississippi. It had… Read More ›
This is the inaugural post in what I hope will be a regular series of posts regarding the buildings of Mississippi State University. I should naturally focus the first post on an important, widely known building of historical prominence such… Read More ›
Looking back at Hanukkahs past, before looking forward…. Hanukkah 2014 and Chris Risher’s beautiful temple both celebrated the Temple Beth Israel in Meridian. For Hanukkah in 2012 we looked at not only some of the historic sacred places across the state, but also at buildings… Read More ›
Today’s blast to the past is just a nice little Modernist bank building in my Fondren neighborhood that I’ve always admired. It’s one of the earliest drive-through banks I’ve documented, since I started noticing drive-through banks, prodded by Thomas Rosell… Read More ›
News came yesterday from MDAH’s Historic Preservation Facebook page that at the request of Meridian Mayor Percy Bland, the MDAH Board of Trustees designated Chris Risher’s Modernist gem, the Meridian Police Station, at their monthly meeting. This only days after the… Read More ›
To mark this occasion let’s look back at a collection of posts as to how we’ve previously commemorated the anniversary of the Gulf Coast’s second-most destructive storm in memory. Last year we marked the 45th Anniversary of Hurricane Camille by taking a… Read More ›
The last issue of the first run of Mississippi Architect, published monthly from February 1963 through March 1965, highlighted Whitten Junior High School in Jackson, a building constructed in 1960 as a close twin of Chastain Middle School in northeast… Read More ›
Editor Bob Henry’s final editorial in the Mississippi Architect is a precient warning about the encroaching blandness of Modernism. You can almost catch a wiff of post-Modernism around the corner waiting to jump out and surprise a bored American public.
MissPres is on vacation this week, but we’re sending postcards back from Mississippi’s past.
As we celebrate the Sixth year of existence for Misspreservation.com we look back on some of our favorite and poignant posts. This post originally debuted in January of 2010, fifty years after the construction of the Bruce Goff-designed Gryder House in Ocean Springs…. Read More ›
Today’s post is a follow-up to the previous Mid-Century Mississippi post about the opening of Jackson’s new jet airport in 1963. It’s a follow-up even though it was written a year earlier than that grand opening, because it shows the… Read More ›
Hear the latest from Starkville’s Cotton Mill project, MHT’s Mad Mod Affair, Jackson’s McRae’s building renovation, Pascagoula’s gala for LaPointe Krebs House, and learn about an amazing preservationist from Pass Christian.
A holiday that is celebrated with fried food? What Mississippian wouldn’t like that? Tonight (really Dec. 23, but I pressed the “Publish” button too soon) will be the eighth night of Hanukkah. MissPres is marking the occasion with photos of the Congregation Beth Israel… Read More ›
Are you in the mood for fun, quirky and quite fantastic architecture? So are we! At times misunderstood when constructed, modernist buildings are now considered the “new historic,” with a whole new audience of enthusiastic building-huggers awakening to the creative… Read More ›
A while back, Thomas Rosell introduced us to University Plaza, a group of Modernist medical clinics in Jackson just south of Memorial Stadium. Specifically, Thomas’ post focused on the clinic of Drs. Johnson and Wiener, designed by J.T. Liddle and… Read More ›
Recently I acquired Morris Lapidus: The Architecture of Joy, with no inkling of a Mississippi, but found out that we may have some of this nationally famous architect’s work here in the Magnolia State.
A while back, MissPreser W. White alerted me to a vintage publication called “Creative Ideas in Glass” for sale online. Published quarterly as “an architectural review” by specialty glass manufacturer American Saint Gobain, the brief, color booklet doesn’t have a… Read More ›