Name This Place 9.1.2



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  1. HAttiesburg post office 1910

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  2. That building was built in the 30’s, I thought. Oh, this one was built in 1934. Other one was the old federal building. I see now.

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  3. Correct building, incorrect date! Two points so far for you!

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  4. You’re up to three points. You can still grab the fourth point if you can tell me who the architect was.

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  5. 1939? I am totally confused by the MDAH listing.

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  6. Matthew Rauen construction co., Landry, Juan g. And Depuys, Rathbon

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  7. Yes, that’s Rathbone DeBuys, one our favorites, just based on his cool name!

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  8. The building was built with limestone as well as pink and fine gray marble.

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  9. I am confused mainly because I’ve never searched the MDAH database for anything. :-D I was going to MS Landmarks link on the MDAH website instead of Properties link. This buildins is not listed under the landmarks link, which is odd…the only post office is the old post office and federal building https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/prop.aspx?id=6319&view=facts&y=738 at 200 Pine St. which was built in 1910 and was in use until the “new” one was built at 115 Pine St (the building we’re talking about now). Therefore I was guessing about the date and had to go to the National Register of Historic Places to find the architect. I was totally confused. Now I see where I can find it on the Properties link though.

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    • Ah, got it. My guess about why the PO doesn’t show up on the list of Mississippi Landmarks is that it’s a federally owned property and therefore doesn’t fall under the purview of the state. The property search on the database is bookmarked on all of my computers–much more useful and a broader set of buildings!

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  10. Do I get a point for knowing that you want to live in this cool Art Deco building?

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    • That’s fishing–no points for you, JR!

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      • It was worth a shot though right?

        I also know (thanks to the handy-dandy database) that the Hattiesburg PO was part of a “Thematic” National Register nomination of Post Office buildings – and the only one not in a “small” town. The database goes on to talk about it being “extraordinary” in architectural style – going on to say that it is “[a] fine example of the Art Deco style, its exterior form is prismatic and sculptural, featuring window grillwork and lamp standards flanking the main entry. The interior is equally refined and equally representative of the style.”

        And it is because of this level of detail in the building that it is a favorite (and on the 101 Places to See list).

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      • Under the ancien regime, such useful and interesting information would have garnered you a point, but last July a tyrant named JRGordon came on the scene and instituted a set of draconian new rules that disallowed such foolishness. :-(

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