With this week’s word we will be launching from Hancock County’s Stennis Space Center to some out of this world shapes! While our word is really a three-word phrase, it is the best way to describe some of our State’s funky and wacky roof shapes from the 1960’s. Our examples are located on the Gulf Coast so if you come to the MHT/MDAH/ Main Street Preservation Conference in Biloxi/Ocean Springs on April 26 & 27, you will have the opportunity see these places in person! Plus the W.C. Gryder House in Ocean Springs, and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Biloxi (along with the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County) are on the Final 101 Mississippi Places to See Before you Die, so you can check these off your list if you go.
This week’s word is brought to you by the letter H for “Hyperbolic Paraboloid Shell” as defined by Edward Allen’s Fundamentals of Building Construction Materials and Methods.
Hyperbolic Paraboloid Shell: (hahy-per-bol-ik puh-rab-uh-loid shel): A concrete roof structure with a saddle shape
The Gryder house is one big saddle shape, while St Michael’s is lots of little saddle shapes over and over again. Do you have a favorite Hyperbolic Paraboloid Shell roof or building? If so please share it with us. If you don’t like this type of architecture let us know too, just remember to keep it respectful. In case you want to check out some of our previous, more earthly words you can do so here. As always keep your eyes pealed for this and past MissPres Architectural Words of the Week!