Help Found a Mississippi Chapter for Classical Architecture

If you’re on Facebook like the Whole World seems to be, maybe you’ve noticed the page for the Mississippi chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture. If not, you might want to check it out, and maybe commit to come to a get-together next Friday in Flora (yes, Flora). According to the Facebook page, there is interest in establishing an independent chapter of the Institute:

This FB page is dedicated to the ultimate independence of a Mississippi Chapter currently governed under the Southeast Chapter located in Atlanta.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts. ICAA fulfills its mission through four program areas: education, publications, awards, and advocacy.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art believes the achievements of the past must be recognized and celebrated….and even kept alive in the midst of new projects in the classical traditions of architecture, urbanism and their allied arts. It does so though education, publication, and advocacy. The Institute offers a wide array of programs that include continuing education classes; travel programs; lectures; salons; and conferences. The organization is a valued educational resource for students of art, planning, and architecture, design professionals, and the general public, assisted today by the growing network of regional and local chapters.

Auburn, detail of 1st floor parlor door pilaster and capitol

If you find yourself drooling over Greek Revival buildings, flowing columned porches, entablatures, or anthemia; if Corinthian or Composite or Ionic is your thing; if you argue over whether those are dentils or modillions, then you might find a home in the founding generation of the ICAA Mississippi Chapter. Join them next Friday, November 16 at the Havana Cigar Company in Flora (about 25 minutes northwest of Jackson to get introduced:

Please join the ICAA Southeast for a business casual meet-and-greet event including a presentation on classical architecture in Mississippi by Todd Sanders, architectural historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives & History.

A brief presentation on the ICAA will also be given by Greg Palmer, President of the Southeast Chapter, and Tracy Ward, Chair of the Mississippi Committee.

If you’re interested in attending, sign up online to help them know how many to expect. See you there!

Categories: Preservation People/Events

3 replies

  1. EL – Was invited to attend this meeting by one of its sponsors, Scott Beggs – Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc. Board member; was down last night. Scott tells me ya’ll shared a table at dinner the night before and he enjoyed the meeting and conversation.


  2. Sorry I couldn’t make it out to Flora, but I enjoyed spending some time with Scott and the national institute members on Thursday. Glad you were able to make the trip down. Looking forward to a good report about Flora and hopefully about the chapter getting up and running soon!


  3. Just found this notification about last year’s meeting. We are making great strides towards an independent Chapter of the ICAA. Join us at or email me


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