In a previous post there had been some discussion of what happened to Claude Lindsley, Jackson architect of the Art Deco Standard Life Building (among many other landmarks), later on in his life. He moved from Houston, Texas some time in the 1950’s to Ocean Springs, Mississippi where he potentially might have planned to eventually retire. By then most of his commissions were on the Gulf Coast, particularly in Jackson County. While he was not designing as many buildings as he had been earlier in his career, he didn’t seem desperate for work either.
In his comment on the previous Lindsley post W. White referred to Lindsley as the architect on the 1962 St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Ocean Springs. Another building in Ocean Springs that was not discussed, perhaps the last structure designed by Lindsley, was the 1968 Metropolitan National Bank constructed by J. O. Collins. I believe Metropolitan National Bank and Hancock Bank merged in the late 1980’s and Hancock Bank has had a branch in the building since then.
I didn’t take too many photographs of the bank as I didn’t want them to think I was casing the joint. Behind the bank was a drive-through teller and ATM. While I took a few photographs I didn’t get close enough to see a corner-stone. Does anyone remember if it was built at the same time as the bank or at a later date?
I think it’s amazing to see the work of an architect that spanned such drastic changes in our history. When Lindsley started his career the car, electricity, and running water were luxuries. By the time the Metropolitan National Bank was built, it could not have operated without them.