The new Moss Point Municipal Building, designed by H.F. Fountain of Biloxi was the subject of the September 1964 issue of Mississippi Architect magazine. Unfortunately, this building’s life was cut short by Hurricane Katrina, as I believe it flooded like many buildings in downtown Moss Point. According to this Gulf Live blog post from November 2011, the new City Hall, finished earlier this year, returns to a colonial, maybe neo-Louisiana Colonial Revival (?) style, eschewing the hard-edged modernism of the 1960s city hall.
MOSS POINT MUNICIPAL BUILDING
H. F. FOUNTAIN JR., AlA
A. W. HEAD
DESIGNING this municipal building for Moss Point, Mississippi, was a unique problem in as much as the facility had to accommodate a city hall, jail, court room, fire station, tax collection department, and waterworks department. The mayor’s secretary was also the secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce. There was also a limited budget of $ 100,000.
Brick with structural tile back-up for load bearing walls with pre-cast concrete roof and sprayed acoustic plaster ceilings were chosen.
This is perhaps the first window wall job on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The structure is completely air conditioned.
This article is reprinted from the September 1964 issue of the Mississippi Architect, with permission from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. View the full September 1964 issue of Mississippi Architect in a digitized format, or for other articles in this ongoing series, including the pdf version of each full issue, click on the MSArcht tab at the top of this page.