On our last Missisisppi Craftsman post, Thomas Rosell noted the pipe railing on one of Biloxi’s Lameuse Street bungalows and mentioned a house in Hattiesburg “that takes use of pipe rails to an extreme.” I’m pretty sure he was referring to the Corley Griffen House at 202 Williams Street, listed on the National Register as part of the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood district. The MDAH Historic Resources Database says this house was built c.1910, but gives little other information about it.
I can still vividly recall when I first became introduced to this spectacular Craftsman, as I was walking on a fine Spring day through the neighborhood after having stopped to examine the Bay Street Presbyterian Church nearby. I literally stopped in my tracks I was so entranced by this almost blindingly white stuccoed house with a red-tile roof, a wraparound porch, exposed carved rafter tails, decorative purlins, geometric windows, and big fat concrete columns with Asian-inspired capitals. To top it all off, there are the second floor balconies with punched openings that are so minimal they could easily be classified as “Modern” instead of “Craftsman.” But wait, there’s more! Check out the pipe rail fence that surrounds the corner property, and notice the odd concrete pylons lining the drive off to the right of the house.
If this is truly a c.1910 design, it is an incredibly early Craftsman for Mississippi, and if anyone out there knows more about the house, its architect, or its original owner, let me know. If you’re in Hattiesburg for the MHT conference, take time to head across the tracks to pay homage to the Corley Griffen house!
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- Craftsman Style in Mississippi
- Greenville Craftsman: Leavenworth-Wasson-Carroll House
- Lameuse Street Craftsman (Biloxi)
- Hattiesburg Craftsman: Corley Griffen House
- Magnolia Craftsman
- Belhaven Craftsman: N.W. Overstreet House
- Fernwood Craftsman
- Craftsman Porches of Yazoo City
- Purvis Women’s Club
- Brookhaven Craftsman: Y-Hut
- Drummond Street Craftsman (Vicksburg)
- Belhaven Craftsman: Emmett J. Hull House
- Money Craftsman