Well, get out your event calendars, Ladies and Gentlemen, because we’ve got a lot of ’em coming up announced in the last week or two:
- August 25, 2009 will find you sitting impatiently in front of the television, with your antenna carefully positioned to pick up Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s premiere of Building Blocks, a documentary about the repair and rebuilding of historic properties on the Mississippi Coast after Katrina. Here’s the tiny little snippet I found about it on the MDAH website:
Don’t miss Building Blocks on Mississippi Public Broadcasting August 25 at 9 p.m. The documentary on the reclamation of historic properties and cultural institutions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was produced by MDAH with support from a federal Preserve America grant.
- September 10, 2009 will find you dressed to the nines at Union Station in downtown Jackson eagerly anticipating the unveiling of the latest 10 Most Endangered List from the Mississippi Heritage Trust. There aren’t many details on their website yet, but ol’ Eagle Eyes caught a tiny little mention here.
- From October 28-31, 2009, you’ll be in your walking shoes and best tweeds with elbow pads as you join the Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians’ (SESAH) annual meeting in downtown Jackson. According to the SESAH website:
The Southeastern chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians will hold its 27th Annual Meeting in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2009. Mississippi’s capital city, Jackson bills itself as “The Bold New City” and “The Best of the New South” [note: add “City with Soul”]. The meeting’s downtown venue will allow participants to explore 19th and 20th-century urban landmarks in this Deep South city.
Otherwise, it’s been a fairly slow news week, or maybe I’ve just missed lots of things. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
MDAH announces that the Coker House restoration is complete. The Coker House was one of the only (or maybe the only?) antebellum houses still standing on the National Historic Landmark Champion Hill Battlefield. This sentence makes me wonder if the word that should be used here is “reconstruction”:
The restoration incorporated as much of the original materials of the house as could be saved.
Well, it shore do look purty in the pitcher anyway.
Two similar articles in the Meridian Star, one on July 28, the other on August 1, give a detailed update on the beginning stages of the renovation of Meridian’s downtown skyscraper the Threefoot Building. The Threefoot was designed by Claude H. Lindsley, the same Jackson architect who designed the Tower (Standard Life) Building next to the King Edward Hotel way back in the late 1920s. The renovation will include the conversion of this historic office building into a hotel, and the developer is the same HRI who is doing the King Edward and the Tower Building projects (as well as, it is rumored, planning to tear down a chunk of the West Capitol Historic District to create a parking lot).
And last but not least, another News from the Grapevine rumor to go along with HRI’s tearing down of part of West Capitol: It is said by sources who wish to remain anonymous that the State of Mississippi plans to demolish a large section, maybe even a majority, of the National Register-listed Naval Reserve Center in Jackson to create a state records center for none other than the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History. I couldn’t believe this, but there is a glimmer of something on the Bureau of Building’s website, where it lists Project #379-001: Naval Reserve Record Center, Professional: Burris/Wagnon Architects, P.A. The Naval Reserve Center, an Art Moderne wonder-to-behold was built in 1949, abandoned as a training facility in the late 1990s, and was on the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s 2007 10 Most Endangered List.
Say it ain’t so, MDAH–don’t force me to add you to my Wall of Shame along with the South Delta Regional Housing Authority!