On a recent trip to Jackson, I took some time to look up a few of our 10 Most Endangered Historic Places from past years to see how they are faring. Thanks to a Save America’s Treasures grant, Hawkins Field Terminal Building has undergone an extensive exterior restoration. Constructed in 1936, the building is one of few remaining civil aviation facilities from this period. Efforts continue to raise the funds needed to fully restore Hawkins Field Terminal Building for use by airport patrons.
Despite some damage in the March hail storm, I am happy to report that Westbrook House has been restored to its former grandeur by the City of Jackson. Designed by N.W. Overstreet in the Mediterranean Revival style, this lovely home was built in 1917 and is surrounded by Mynelle Gardens, which have been open to the public since 1953.
Located in Butts Park off Highway 20 near Clinton is a historic treasure just waiting to be rediscovered. Placed on the list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2000, the Mississippi River Basin Model sits behind a fence in the middle of the otherwise well maintained park, hidden from view by dense vegetation. Constructed in 1943 by German POWs, this fascinating historic site is perhaps the largest hydraulic model ever constructed. Sadly neglected today, I can imagine the restored model as a place of learning and exploration. Surely we Mississippians can come up with a way to save the Mississippi River Basin Model!