Mississippi=Chopped Liver?

AtlasYou may recall that our list of 101 Mississippi Places to See Before You Die arose from my expressed annoyance in a November 2011 post at Mississippi’s exclusion from the door-stop of a book 1001 Places to See Before You Die. Well, I guess I’m a glutton for punishment, because when I saw that The Atlas of American Architecture: 2000 Years of Architecture, City PLanning, Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering had gotten very cheap on Hamilton’s Books ($9.99 for a $75.00 book? How can you resist that??), I grabbed it. After all, the 1001 Places book covered the whole wide world, while this only covers the United States, of which, I’m told, Mississippi is a part now, so surely we had a better chance of getting covered?

Well, yes, we do get mentioned, but not much. Three whole Mississippi buildings appear in The Atlas of American Architecture. They’re probably not the buildings that would immediately spring to mind, but two of the three are on our list of 101 Mississippi Places. One is from the nineteenth century, two from the twentieth. Can you guess which three Mississippi buildings the authors notice? I’ll give you until the end of the day to enter your guesses.

I guess I shouldn’t be too grumpy, it’s not just Mississippi. Alabama gets only one entry. Florida gets tons of entries, but only one in the Panhandle, and that’s Seaside, the New Urbanist wonderland. Georgia gets a surprisingly short list, with Savannah only mentioned for its town plan. Louisiana’s list seems reasonably long and inclusive. Arkansas only has two buildings, both from the last few decades: Thorncrown Chapel and the Clinton Presidential Library (a “resurgance of Modernism”). Meanwhile, Minneapolis alone has 38 entries. Alaska–ALASKA?–gets nine entries?? Harrumph!!!



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22 replies

  1. Longwood, Bailey Jr High, New Capitol

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  2. Bailey School, Ohr O’Keefe Museum, and the Mississippi Coliseum? A couple of left field guesses, I know, but I’m interested.

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  3. The Fay Jones chapel in SW Mississippi ? (embarrasing, but I can’t remember its name..Pinecote?)

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  4. We (Mississippi) is a “land mass”.

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  5. Church Street School in Tupelo!

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  6. PInecote, Longwood, and Charnley Norwood?

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  7. Longwood, old Capitol, Waverley? Ghost of MIC?

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  8. Pinecote, Longwood, Bailey

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  9. Ok, as promised, here’s the list–y’all got 2 out of 3, which is 66%. Which was an F when I was in school, but you get an A for Effort!

    Longwood–in the Follies chapter under Octagons. Longwood is the first entry in this chapter. Yay, we’re Number 1 in Follies!

    Mammy’s Cupboard–its entry is under “Programmatic Constructions” in the Roadside Architecture chapter. “Programmatic architecture is a fancy way of describing buildings which are expressed as recognizable objects.” Thanks, I was wondering. Mammy’s is in the same league, apparently, with the Big Duck and the Longaberger Company’s basket headquarters.

    Pinecote Pavilion–entered under E. Fay Jones in the Mid-Century Expressionism chapter, along with Thorncrown Chapel.

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  10. Yet another window into how the outside world views Mississippi – they pay attention to many things we tend to overlook on a daily basis, from habit or from intentional oversight.

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