Natchez’ 1938-39 auditorium was a product of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, Project number 1350 in Mississippi (Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Historic Resources Inventory database). Its “broad, hexastyle pedimented Doric portico” (which is an architectural term for six columns, for all those folks out there like me who don’t automatically–or at least, not yet–know all of that already) faces Jefferson Street, and the Mississippi River is a couple of blocks to the right of the building (left of the photo orientation). The auditorium is a 995-seat arena, and hosts a range of events. Many local events are held in the Auditorium, as well as those on a national scale, such as by touring musicians.
City Auditorium was renovated in 1999-2000 by Carothers Construction Company, with architects Waycaster and Associates (MDAH/HRI).
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