Round the Blogosphere 1-24-2011

To start off your week, get your favorite hot beverage and settle down for a romp round the blogosphere. (And if you haven’t yet, take some time to vote for your favorite places in the Natchez area.)

Mississippi bloggers have been busy since our last blogosphere post five weeks ago. Maybe I need to start doing this more often to keep up.

  • Speaking of snow pictures, Sense of Place, the MDAH blog had a nice shot of a snowy downtown Jackson Capitol street around 1930 for its Christmas post. Also of note on SoP:
    • Early Natchez: Concord” which has some images of a few items rescued from the burning house back in 1903 and now in the MDAH collection. They also linked to the Concord post on MissPres. Thanks y’all!
    • Laurence Jones & The Piney Woods School” gives a succinct introduction to this significant historically black boarding school and the MDAH collections relating to it.
  • Marty Kittrell also found time to wander over the holidays and made what I consider an epic discovery, on what I think is the old Highway 80, now the frontage road on the north side of I-20. I won’t tell you what it is, but make sure to click over there and find out. You’ll be amazed, guaranteed.
    • Marty also shares some poignant memories of Rev. Dennis who built and decorated the now-fading Margaret’s Grocery in Vicksburg in “The Ark of the Covenant.”
    • shows the remains of “Where the Fleet once called home
    • and illustrates in a series of images how nature swallows even what we think are permanent markers of our time on this earth in “Cedar Hill Cemetery

Some items of interest from outside our fair frigid state:

  • Many of you might have already heard, but just in case, Mississippi’s Robert Ivy, long-time editor-in-chief of Architectural Record magazine, has recently been named CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Ivy was the keynote speaker at the Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians’ meeting here in Jackson back in 2009, as you may recall from my review of the speech. Congratulations, Mr. Ivy!
  • The New York Times reports on a dispute in Chelsea over a Civil War rowhouse. What I particularly loved about the article was the neat special effect with the before and after picture of the building and block of buildings. Check it out!
  • I can’t help myself, I love seeing pictures of horrible architectural decisions. Chicago’s Cityscapes does an annual “Dubious Design Moves” post, and 2010 was a doozy.
  • And if you’re as intrigued as I am by that New Orleans architect named Rathbone DeBuys, you’ll want to head over to Tulane’s Architectural Research and read “Charlie Smith AKA Rathbone DeBuys.” Now if someone could just tell me if his name is pronounced “Dubees” or “Dubuys”?

Categories: Historic Preservation

3 replies

  1. There’s a Texas saying that “You can’t throw a rock without hitting a _____” to explain an overabundance of something in a wide-open space. I seem to have had that experience in Mississippi; there’s a church around every bend in the road! Perhaps I should post a disclaimer and caution against actual rock-throwing in the vicinity of churches?


  2. I’ve always heard “more than you can shake a stick at” but I’m not sure whether that’s Mississippi or Florida panhandle, where I grew up. Shaking a stick at something seems less destructive than actually throwing a rock at it, but that’s Texas for you.

    Maybe in our new non-violent world it should be something like “more than you can give a hug to” :-)


  3. Too bad they couldn’t incorporate the facade of the Alamo Plaza into the new development. I know the place was in horrible shape, but the iconic front might have been spared.


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