In recognition of the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this week we feature some images from the Mississippi Heritage Trust Hurricane Katrina page along with images uploaded to the MDAH HRI database. These files relate to the coastal towns in the month immediately following hurricane Katrina. Included in these files were written documents such as letters, engineering assessments, and various agencies’ damage survey forms. In total we will cover over fifty miles–a small portion of Katrina’s wrath–of continuous destruction and heartbreak. These images will give us hope with what heroic efforts have been made towards recovery, remind us of what was senselessly lost, and prepare us with lessons for future preservation disasters.
Today we look back at what Bay St. Louis looked like 9 years ago.
Images of 222 (Above) and 502 (Below) North Beach Blvd. were the first photos of Bay St. Louis I remember seeing after the storm. They would end up representing the two sides of recovery- Restoration (as can be seen in the 2009 photo above) and Demolition (below).
Not all the buildings with post storm assessments are water from buildings such as this craftsman cottage on Main Street.
This house had about 5 feet of water on the interior. The wind damage to the roof left an interesting pattern in the shingles. Just remember don’t skimp on the nails when installing shingles!
Other buildings on Main Street such as the Magnolia Supply Building (below) looked like goners…
…but were beautifully restored. Other buildings that look fine (First Baptist Church) were demolished anyways.
Three is an extensive file on the Merchants Bank Building. Despite a plan to save it the building was demolished.
Among the few remaining structures in Waveland the Waveland School MDAH HRI db has the scan of a Traditional Masonry magazine article about the first phase of the buildings recovery.
No matter where you are, if you have a place you care for get out there this weekend. Take its picture, visit with its neighbors. You never know how long it will be around for.
This post is part of a week long series commemorating the 9th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. You can view other posts from this week by clicking the links below.
Categories: Banks, Bay St. Louis, Churches, Demolition/Abandonment, Gulf Coast, Historic Preservation, Hurricane Katrina, Lost Mississippi, MS Dept. of Archives and History, Preservation People/Events, Renovation Projects, Schools, Waveland