It’s that time of year again; time to take stock, note the wins and losses, get the larger picture that we can lose sight of in the busy-ness of the year. As is traditional, we note the passing of historic landmarks first. This year, as usual, natural causes took out several of our buildings, but man-made demolition brought about the demise of many others. Mendenhall School stings the most because it represents an abject failure of the state’s historical agency, but all are losses for the state and their local communities.
I have no doubt I’ve forgotten a few important buildings. If so, please let me know in the comments.
Brumfields, Pascagoula. This classic 1950s downtown department store was demolished in Jaunary 2013.
Mobile Street commercial buildings, Hattiesburg. Destroyed by Feburary tornado, 2013. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.
Hattiesburg Lodge on Mobile Street (1950, formerly two stories). Destroyed by February tornado, 2013. Photo courtesy MDAH, Historic Preservation Division.
Nelson Tenement Pascagoula, Jackson County. Built c.1895, roofless and deteriorating since Katrina. Finally demolished in August 2013.
Coals of fire on the heads of Mendenhall Mayor Womack and the Simpson County School District and Board. Lumps of coal in the stockings of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which failed to protect this Mississippi Landmark building from feckless and bullying local officials. Demolished October 2013.
School for the Blind campus, north side of Eastover Drive on I-55, Jackson. Demolished Nov 2013 for a new retail/office development.
L.O. Crosby Memorial Hospital, Picayune (1951-54). This Modernist hospital on Goodyear Boulevard was designed by the firm of N.W. Overstreet & Associates, but was vacated by the Highland Community Hospital and demolished in 2013. Construction photo courtesy of Pearl River County Historical Society, Collection of Gwendell and Glenna Farmer Pearson. See more about this hospital on the PRCHS Facebook page.
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Categories: Demolition/Abandonment, Historic Preservation