I drove through Hattiesburg again last weekend and decided to check on Eaton School, poor roofless creature that it was last I saw it. The good news is that the building now has a roof structure; the not-so-good-news is that the roof project still isn’t finished three months into it–looks like a moisture barrier of some kind at least gives the building protection, but still no shingles or other permanent roofing. This project is very weird.
Click on the photos below for a larger image, and sorry about the glare–what can I do with a plastic white roofing material on a sunny day?
While in town, I also swung by the volunteer project that W. White mentioned in last Saturday’s News Roundup and snapped a few shots. Last time I saw the building, about a month ago, work hadn’t begun. This time, the big old boarding house had been painted a cheery blue and interior work was also ongoing. I admit I was slightly distressed to see wood lath thrown to the curb, but overall it looks like this will be a good project, rehabilitating the building–which was formerly vacant I believe–and also giving a boost to the neighborhood. The interior that I saw through the front door still has a nice beadboard wainscot, original trim, etc.
And down the street from Eaton, I found a new-to-me very cool African American church, East Jerusalem Baptist Church, built (or re-built as the cornerstone states) in 1947, and combining rusticated concrete blocks with red brick and white concrete accents. And the sunlight was at a perfect angle to highlight the surface patterns and colors. That along with the towers, buttresses, Gothic-arched windows, and the nice proportions overall made me screech to a halt and swerve into a nearby parking lot to snap a few shots.