If you haven’t visited the Mississippi Heritage Trust website www.lovemsmod.com since its launch you need to stop back by. The posts are piling up and have highlighted some of Jackson and the Gulf Coast’s premier Modern works. They are, in no particular order…
- The Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex by Carter Burns
- Tour of the Falk house by Josh Hailey
- NASA Central Control Building by Allison Anderson
- Gulfport Library by Allison Anderson
- The Restoration of the Charnley Norwood House by Ken P’Pool
If all that reading about Modern architecture has gotten you wanting to experience some in person, you are in luck. MHT is holding a Mad Mod Affair February 26 & 27, 2015 in the Jackson neighborhood of Eastover. On February 26 from 6-9 p.m. you can partake in a tour and reception at the home of Risa and Jack Moriarity-3911 Eastover Drive. Tickets are $100.
On February 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. MHT is hosting a Tour of Modern Homes for the pocketbook friendly price of $15. The homes featured will be:
- Sybil and Jim Child-4041 Dogwood Drive
- John Hooks, Falk House Natatorium and Artist Studio-2037 East Bourne Place
- Katie and Dee Lovelace-2312 Eastover Drive
- Cindy and Jeff Wilson-4135 North Honeysuckle Drive
I had the chance to visit the Falk House during the “Meet Modern Jackson” event in 2013. To see it again would be worth the trip to Jackson alone. Registration for the events are separate, so if you want to attend both make sure you register for each.
And because today is Friday, to give your week-weary brain a rest check out this YouTube video of the now demolished Red Hot Truck Stop in Meridian. The Chris Risher Sr. designed gem was senselessly demolished not too long after this video was shot. The video is a valuable article that helps us understand the building that was.
The iconic roadside structure appreciated by historic preservationist, architects, truckers, archaeologist and regular people,was demolished by Walmart about 2000. Because being more than 250 yards away from the Walmart building site, it was obviously in the way of their new building….
Maybe it just boils down to the fact that the modern suaveness of the Red Hot Truck Stop made the banal box store self-conscious by showing that even something as utilitarian as a truck stop can be designed like someone gives a darn. Hopefully the work of MHT and the lovemsmod.com webpage may help save a Modern Mississippi landmark someday soon.
Now for something completely different. If you haven’t seen the facebook, twitter or MissPres “Upcoming Events” calendar posts, a clean-up has been organized for the abandoned historic town of Rodney, Mississippi tomorrow, Saturday February 7, 2015 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. If you never been, now is a perfect opportunity to visit this vivid place seen in so many photographs and most recently in the James Brown Bio-Pic Get On Up. If you’ve been before, now is the perfect chance to visit again and pay it forward by helping with the cleanup. Hope to see you there!
February 7, 2015 at 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Rodney Cemetery, Lorman, MS 39096, United States. We need you to help cleanup Rodney Cemetery and historic buildings! Brooms, mops, tools to cut vines, mowers, help for cemetery, outside buildings, inside… Come to Rodney if you can! See https://www.facebook.com/events/1533358040281169/
Categories: Asides, Cool Old Places, Demolition/Abandonment, Gulfport, Jackson, Lost Mississippi, Mississippi Heritage Trust, Modernism, Ocean Springs, Picayune, Preservation People/Events, Recent Past