Katrina losses still continue

Katrina losses still continue.  One more recent loss was the National Register listed Nelson Tenement building in Pascagoula.

This individually listed structure sat in its post Katrina state until it came down.  You can read the National Register Nomination here.

Categories: Demolition/Abandonment, Disasters, Gulf Coast, Historic Preservation, Hurricane Katrina, Lost Mississippi, National Register, Pascagoula

10 replies

  1. That is a sad way to start my day. I am about to do an update on post-Katrina to “see where we are”–looks like maybe not very far.


    • Sorry to bring you down. Katrina damaged places like this one still exist but they are becoming fewer. They might be the exception rather than the rule. This was just a poor little building that was in a fairly prominent location in town(intersection of Hwy 90 and Pascagoula Street), that I felt needed a eulogy. Someone obviously cared enough about it at one time to have it individually listed on the National Register.


  2. It seems that once again, it is the smaller, vernacular structures that cannot attract the necessary attention or resources for preservation.


  3. This is sad. What a shame it wasn’t saved. To the owner this was probably just an old building. I love the older picture with snow on the roof! The pictures that show the interior give a glimpse into what life was like in this little house. Ceiling fans and a fireplace. I find myself wondering about the people who lived here. It was home to somebody.


    • I think you are right that at one point the house had owners that cared for it. Someone did go through the trouble to have the structure individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The metal roof does look like it has snow on it but its just a reflection. Pascagoula doesn’t get that much snow :)


  4. A sad loss illustrating the possibility of “demolition by neglect” — a tactic used by investors who want to develop the land, and something I’m all-too-familiar with.


  5. This is the house my mother grew up in. A few months before Katrina, we stopped by to talk to the lady who was living there at the time. When we told her about our connection to its history, the elderly lady was upset as she thought we were asking to buy it from her. :)


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