Those passing Gloster Square at 619 North Gloster Street in Tupelo might easily miss the significance of the place. The low-slung buildings hardly suggest the sleek modern look that once heralded a new age of travel in Mississippi. Builder Cy… Read More ›
Month: October 2014
Suzassippi’s Mississippi: Lynville Gymnasium
Lynville’s 1947 gymnasium is 1.5 stories. The gable roof building is still standing, and appears to be in remarkably good shape. You can see interior photographs from the MDAH HRI database. Since no one showed up to play but me… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 10-27-2014
Preservation news from Meridian, Jackson, Vicksburg, Pascagoula, and Port Gibson. Saying goodbye to old friends and getting to know new ones.
Mississippi by Air: Wood College, Mathiston
WOOD JUNIOR COLLEGE, MATHISTON, MISSISSIPPI 39752. Aerial View. Founded 1886–United Methodist Related–Southern Association Accreditation–Friendly Atmosphere–Individualized Attention–Low Student/Teacher Ration–400 Rural Acres.
Update on Meridian Police Department
At the October 17 meeting of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees, the trustees voted to consider the Meridian Police Department as a Mississippi Landmark. The City of Meridian has requested permission to demolish this outstanding modernist building, but has not announced any plans for the site.
Morris Lapidus in Mississippi?
Recently I acquired Morris Lapidus: The Architecture of Joy, with no inkling of a Mississippi, but found out that we may have some of this nationally famous architect’s work here in the Magnolia State.
Lynville School Complex: Home Economics Building and Teachers’ Houses
Last week we toured the WPA-built Lynville school building, with some good news about efforts to restore the building for community use. The home economics building was constructed that same year, in 1941. Mississippi, like many other states, often utilized… Read More ›
Friday Puzzler: Chapel of the Cross
Friday and Saturday puzzles were such a hit earlier in the year, I’m not sure why I forgot to do any since January. If you’ve never done one, fair warning, they’re pretty addictive. This first one, with 42 pieces is… Read More ›
Chris Risher’s Colorful Temple
A while back, MissPreser W. White alerted me to a vintage publication called “Creative Ideas in Glass” for sale online. Published quarterly as “an architectural review” by specialty glass manufacturer American Saint Gobain, the brief, color booklet doesn’t have a… Read More ›
New Deal in Mississippi: Lynville School
New at the time construction materials and techniques were used. Exterior walls are of strand steel and poured concrete. It has a slate roof. (“Get together held at Lynville school.” 10/23/2013. Kemper County Messenger) The WPA financed school building was… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 10-13-2014
In case you haven’t been in yelling distance of the state of Mississippi, the biggest news is that for the first time ever, both Ole Miss and Mississippi State are in the Top 5 with undefeated records six games into… Read More ›
Mississippi by Air: Biloxi’s Buena Vista Hotel-Motel
The Buena Vista Hotel-Motel, Biloxi, Miss., convention center on the Golden Mississippi Gulf Coast, offers the finest in modern Hotel-Motel accommodations. Complete convention and resort facilities on U.S. Highway 90.
Chris Risher’s Meridian Police Station Honor Citation
As you know, the MDAH Board of Trustees will be voting next Friday on whether to place the Meridian Police Station, designed in 1975-1977 by one of Mississippi’s most talented Modernists, Chris Risher, under consideration as a Mississippi Landmark. This… Read More ›
Biloxi Gave The Whole Coast Gas
In our last post on Gasometers we saw a 1922 list of towns that had manufactured gas service. Of the eight service providers only one provided service to customers outside of the town in which the coal gas was manufactured…. Read More ›
New Deal in Mississippi: Macon City Hall
Macon’s City Hall, looking remarkably like several of the red brick Colonial Revival post offices built in Mississippi during the New Deal years, was constructed 1938-1939 through Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, project #Miss 1366-F. Architects P. J. Krouse and L. L. Brasfield of Meridian designed the building.
MissPres News Roundup 10-6-2014
Things are heating up in the Mississippi preservation world now that the weather is cooling a bit. In Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood, we pick up the story of the proposed Hampton Inn on the remaining green space next to Duling School…. Read More ›
Catch a Fall Pilgrimage
Two fall pilgrimages have snuck up on me, but you still have time to take advantage of the cooler fall weather that is promised for this weekend and beyond by taking a trek to explore some of Mississippi’s historic landmarks.
Mississippians with Gas
If you haven’t read last week’s post on Gasometers, this post follows up on that discussion of the hulking, black, iron lungs that eased up and down at all hours of the day and night, depending on gas demand (for lighting, heating & cooking) and the manufacturer’s supply. We pondered what towns had gas works and the mysterious gasometers that were required to store the manufactured gas.