Name This Place 5.4

After three days and a bonus round, Belinda is still hanging on to the lead in this week’s Name This Place contest. Yesterday, I thought I would celebrate my birthday by stumping everyone in the bonus round with an old postcard view of main street in downtown Columbus, but Belinda jumped right on it and put me in my place, which was a real downer first thing in the morning. But in the regular round, the black-and-white postcard view of Stewart M. Jones School in Laurel made the whole board go quiet for three-and-a-half hours until Theodore piped up with the correct answer and W. White and Belinda added information about the architect, P.J. Krouse.

Which brings us to our current standings:

Belinda: 4 points
W. White: 3 points
Theodore: 3 points
J.R. Gordon: 2 points
Tom Barnes: 1 point
Susan Allen: 1 point

If you haven’t gotten a point yet but have some interesting information about today’s place, jump right in. Check out the rules.

And added later, to show what the building looked like before some unfortunate alterations . . .

Vicksburg City Hall postcard, c. 1910



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19 replies

  1. Vicksburg City Hall, Neoclassical design, 1902. It’s in the Uptown NR District and is a MS Landmark

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  2. James Reilly Gordon, architect. Mississippi Landmark. And the stair risers were kept low so ladies did not reveal their ankles when descending or ascending the scales.

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    • Good job on the architect, Theodore! Wonder why J.R.Gordon didn’t remember it himself??

      And that’s an excellent, albeit mythical point about the stair-risers :-)

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      • Well, I did so many buildings, it’s hard to keep track sometimes. I do recall that they presented me a trowel on the occasion of the laying of the corner stone (March 29, 1902). It’s among the artifacts in the archival collection of my work at the Alexander Architectural Archive at the University of Texas in Austin.

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      • Nice save, JR. btw, I loved you in Dallas!

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  3. The building — while amazing and beautiful – is missing some significant original elements. The center portion with the 6 columns (between the two entrances) was originally a 2 level (beautiful and inviting) porch. The center stair from the street led into the porch. It appears to have been enclosed on both levels. (I wonder if the original back wall of the porch is intact inside?) A central dormer window was located above the center of this curving area (directly up from the 2 center columns). Statues of large winged angels were located in the center of each of the domes. The windows have been replaced giving a different feeling of scale to the building.

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  4. I agree with Belinda’s assessment of the structure.

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  5. Gordon, courthouse architect extraordinaire, also designed the Wilkinson County Courthouse with partner Alfred Zucker. The National Register of Historic Places refers to it as “an excellent example of the Beaux Arts style and is the only such example to have been built in southwest Mississippi.” It was constructed in 1903-04.

    Gordon was also in the running to design the New Mississippi Capitol.

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  6. I miss the angels.

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