MDAH Awards Community Heritage Preservation Grants

According to the MDAH website:

At a special meeting on December 6 the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History awarded grants totaling $2,980,194 to twenty-six preservation and restoration projects from across the state. The Community Heritage Preservation grant program, authorized and funded through the Mississippi Legislature, helps preserve and restore historic courthouses and schools and, in Certified Local Government communities, other historic properties. Over the life of the program the department has awarded more than $27 million in Community Heritage Preservation grants to 170 projects.

“We are grateful to the Legislature for again providing funds for the preservation of historic structures,” said Jim Woodrick, MDAH Historic Preservation director. “Although there are always more requests than funds available, we have been able to give much-needed assistance to communities across the state.”

The grant awards are as follows:

Auburn Kitchen Dependency, Natchez, Adams County$157,688. For roof repair and interior restoration.

Natchez Institute, Natchez, Adams County$134,000. For installation of a fire suppression system.

Amite County Courthouse, Liberty, Amite County$181,736. For restoration of original courtroom and exterior.

Bolivar County Courthouse, Cleveland, Bolivar County—$164,000. For roof repair of original courthouse and jail

Port Gibson City Hall, Port Gibson, Claiborne County—$166,280. For repair of roof and interior plaster.

Clarke County Courthouse, Quitman, Clarke County—$72,160. For replacement of the courthouse roof.

Millsaps Hotel, Hazlehurst, Copiah County—$176,160. For replacement of roof and restoration of porch and windows.

Old Cockrum School House, Hernando, Desoto County—$80,000. For the stabilization of roof and floor.

Grenada Masonic Temple, Grenada, Grenada County—$69,152. For restoration of thirty-four windows.

Fortenberry-Parkman Farmstead, Jackson, Hinds County—$140,276. For restoration of the main house and five log outbuildings.

James Observatory, Hinds County—$167,860. For the restoration of the observatory and telescope.

Durant Depot North Building, Durant, Holmes County—$69,600. For roof repair and architect drawings.

East elevation view Spain House in new location Jan 2013 from NR nomination from MDAH HRI accessed 10-14-2013

East elevation view Spain House in new location Jan 2013 from NR nomination from MDAH HRI accessed 10-14-2013

Gautier Colored School, Gautier, Jackson County—$80,000. For stabilization of the building.

LaPointe Krebs House, Pascagoula, Jackson County—$266,140. For stabilization and restoration of the building envelope.

Old Carthage Elementary School, Carthage, Leake County—$80,000. For installation of electrical and HVAC systems.

Spain House, Tupelo, Lee County—$120,000. For replacement of roof and reconstruction of footings and portico.

Old Greenwood-Leflore Library, Greenwood, Leflore County—$136,242. For restoration of the 1914 building interior.

Stephen D. Lee House, ColumbusLowndes County—$40,000. For a ramp that meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Historic Canton High School, Canton, Madison County—$100,000. For restoration of masonry.

Columbia Waterworks, Columbia, Marion County—$161,280. For replacement of roof.

Chalmers Institute, Holly Springs, Marshall County—$80,000. For replacement of roof and rehabilitation of interior.

Carnegie Auditorium, Holly Springs, Marshall County—$400,000. For stabilization of building for future restoration.

Philadelphia Police Station, Philadelphia, Neshoba County—$129,520. For roof replacement and correction of drainage issues.

Noxubee County Jails, Macon, Noxubee County—$62,400. For restoration of jails for use as library and offices.

Tippah County Confederate Monument, Ripley, Tippah County—$15,700. For repair, restoration and preservation of monument.

Washington County Courthouse, Greenville, Washington County—$100,000. For restoration of window fanlights.

The Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History determined the grant recipients at a special meeting on December 6. Grant awards are paid on a reimbursable basis upon the successful completion of the entire project or at the time of the completion of pre-established phases of the project. Prior to application all buildings must have been designated Mississippi Landmarks. Only county or municipal governments, school districts, and nonprofit organizations granted Section 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service may submit applications. In reviewing and evaluating the grants, the Board of Trustees of MDAH attempted to balance the geographical distribution of grant awards.

 To become a Certified Local Government, a community must adopt a preservation ordinance establishing a preservation commission in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Once the commission has been established, application for CLG status may be made to the National Park Service through the Department of Archives and History. MDAH works closely with local government officials and citizens to help them create and manage a workable local historic preservation program. To learn more about the CLG program, contact Aileen de la Torre in the Historic Preservation Division of MDAH, 601-576-6937.

Categories: Grants, MS Dept. of Archives and History

5 replies

  1. Greenwood is already abuzz with gratitude for MDAH generosity toward our Old Library! A grand old girl, for sure, just bursting with potential for the whole community. Thanks to the MDAH Committee for this early Christmas gift!


  2. Some concern about the MIC Carnegie Auditorium grant. Thus far, Rust has demolished one building, another one is irretrievable and since the college gained control, all the windows on the auditorium have been left uncovered and I assume the building as a whole is no longer secure. When I saw it about a month ago, I was stunned at the deterioration. It is indeed one of the state’s most significant structures for a number of reasons, but I’m just curious as to whether Rust has any realistic plans to get going on this very soon? I sincerely hope so and I hope the grant is an impetus.


  3. Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc. are so gratified by our being selected for this granting of $80,000 towards the continued rehabilitation work at historic Chalmers Institute in Holly Springs from MDAH…we’ve been needing a “victory” up here in old Holly Springs and this fills our Christmas stocking just fine.


  4. The LaPointe Krebs Foundation is very thankful to receive the grant for the LaPointe Krebs House (aka Old Spanish Fort) – this is the oldest building in the State of Mississippi, as well as probably the entire Mississippi Valley and it needs help to save it for future generations. It has managed to withstand hurricanes and Formesean termites, but cannot do it on its own. Thank your Board of Trustees for recognizing the need and coming to the rescue!


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