Well, I have played hookey from the news roundup for so long that my list of articles was starting to really look at me askance, so to catch us all up, how about one of those Cliff Notes versions that won’t consume your whole morning?
Two stories have given us an inside peak at the New Capitol’s monumental stained-glass windows, now being cleaned and put back together at Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson. The Native American figure on the west side is almost complete, as seen in Walt Grayson’s “Inside the refurbished State Capitol building,” and Sherry Lucas’ story in the Clarion-Ledger (“Monumental Window Job“) shows the removal of the center window, called Mother Mississippi. If you haven’t been inside the New Capitol this year, make a point to swing through and check out the stained-glass windows that have already been cleaned–they look amazing!
The Columbus Dispatch had a story titled “Mississippi Menagerie” about the conversion of a nineteenth-century farm house in the rural Steens community into a . . . well, I guess “farm animal retirement community/tourist attraction” is the best summation I can make.
Donna Echols’ Clarion-Ledger article “Mississippi was a worldwide destination for spas” does a good job of giving us a grand tour of Mississippi’s most famous mineral springs that were the resorts of the nineteenth-century, including Ramsey Springs near Wiggins, Stafford Springs in Jasper County, the Mineral Springs Hotel in Iuka, and maybe the most famous of all Cooper’s Well outside of Raymond.
Bert Case did a good story (“Loss of Mississippi tax credits slows several downtown projects“) showing how many big historic renovation projects just in downtown Jackson have been put on hold due to the Legislature’s inability to extend the cap on Historic Preservation Tax Credits this year: Eastland Building, Walthall Hotel, old Deposit Guaranty (Regions) building. Then add in Starkville’s Cooley Building project and Gulfport’s VA Hospital renovation, and you’ve got a major situation that continues to fly under most people’s radar.
According to Gulflive.com, the Gautier Historic Preservation Commission is beginning a campaign to raise $20,000 to match lthe 2013 Community Heritage Preservation Grant from MDAH for stabilization and repair of the 1920s Gautier Colored School. The Commission already has $7000 in the pot, some of which came from the Gautier Mullet and Music Fest, which celebrates my favorite fish (or a haircut, whichever).
“USM’s Lucas Administration Building to Undergo Repair Beginning in September,” says WBRC of Hattiesburg. The $2.55 million project on the 1920s Beaux Arts building will include foundation repairs, replacement of about 72 pieces of deteriorating terra cotta, and repairs and renovations to the porches for ADA access.
Finally, it took six years, but MissPres is about to pass a pretty amazing milestone. If our average weekly views hold true this week, we’ll hit one million views for this little blog by the end of the week. To build suspense, we’re putting the counter right at the top for all to see and celebrate when the time comes. It may be nerdy, but well, nerdy’s the best I’ve got.