As JRGordon noted in last week’s News Roundup, the long-abandoned and highly endangered Corinth Machinery Building, built in 1869, suffered a large partial collapse in that weekend’s heavy storms. As you might remember from a post back in January 2010, there was some movement to try to at least stabilize the building, but nothing ever came of it, and as with Cathrine Hall at Mississippi Industrial College and Jackson’s Capitol Street Methodist, once a small structural problem was allowed to remain unrepaired, the building declined faster and faster. The high winds of a few weeks ago were just the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Earlier this week, architect Ben Ledbetter, a Corinth native, sent this photo of the current state of the building, which is barely a shell and obviously not long for this world.
The Corinth Machinery Building was the state’s oldest industrial building. I guess we’ll have to start looking around for what building now holds that title.
RIP Corinth Machinery Building, 1869-2012.