The Greyhound Bus Terminal in Clarksdale was nominated from the Delta region for the “101 Places in MIssissippi to see before you die” list. It garnered only 3% of the Delta region vote, thus ensuring its place in the “Not on the 101 places” list, but still worthy of attention. Mississippi Department of Archives and History lists this as an Art Deco design from 1936, no architect listed. The National Register of Historic Places, in its description for the nomination of the Greenwood Greyhound Terminal, describes it
…clad in buff-colored brick, with blue metal panels on the rounded corner entrance…
The streamline era in Greyhound architecture extended from 1937-1948. According to the NRHP nomination,
…the 30s moved away from ‘showy’ Art Deco to Moderne, as seen in the Clarksdale station.
Apparently, Art Moderne was also described as a “late type of Art Deco” so it would seem both are technically correct. Art Moderne was a design intended to convey “a sense of speed or movement, the best example of which is Jackson’s (circa 1938) Greyound Bus Terminal.” The Jackson station was designed by William Strudwick Arrasmith, who designed at least 50 terminals for Greyhound.
…the Greyhound bus company found an architect who could embody in architectural form the sleek aerodynamics of the buses that served its transportation system: William Strudwick Arrasmith…one of architecture’s defining artists during the short-lived era of streamline design…(Wrenick, 2006).
Streamline Moderne displayed soft, rounded corners and curved canopies that evoked fluidity and motion.
The traveler could purchase her ticket, check her bags, and then head on out to the departure area to board this modern new form of affordable travel. The Greyhound racing down the highway was a cultural icon from the mid-century.
Come on board with me as we do a little exploring of Suzassippi’s Mississippi this summer…and leave the driving to us.