Noah Webster Overstreet moved back to his native Mississippi from his architectural training in Urbana, Illinois in 1912 at the age of 24 (see Thomas Rosell’s post “Young N.W. Overstreet“). Newly married to an Illinois native, he set up practice in Jackson, and when things started going well for him, he built his house in Jackson’s fashionable Belhaven neighborhood in 1916.
Overstreet’s Illinois training seems to have made an impression on the young architect, as his designs of the 1910s and 1920s show Prairie and Craftsman influences. These especially come through in his own house, which takes a four-square form more common in the Midwest. The wide eaves, exposed rafters, oversized brackets, geometrical window patterns are all hallmarks of the Craftsman style. A lingering classicism remains in the symmetrical facade. The house’s relative boxiness compares with the also-early Leavenworth-Wasson-Carroll House in Greenville (1906) and contrasts with the more flowing, horizontal compositions seen in later bungalows like those we’ve already examined in Magnolia.
N.W. Overstreet went on to become Mississippi’s most prolific architect and trained several generations of architects, but he and his family remained in this house on Gillespie Street until his death in 1973. For a full, long listing of his accomplishments, see his record in the MDAH Historic Resources Database.
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- Lameuse Street Craftsman (Biloxi)
- Hattiesburg Craftsman: Corley Griffen House
- Magnolia Craftsman
- 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