This week’s foray into Mississippi’s wealth of Craftsman bungalows takes us to Itta Bena.
Itta Bena, Itta Bena, Itta Bena.
You can hardly keep from saying it over and over, like Nitta Yuma or Yalobusha or Tchoutacabouffa.
Anyway, back to Itta Bena.
These two little beauties stand near each other in Itta Bena’s historic district, which was listed on the National Register in 2009. The peach one is at 308 Lamar, just south of First Baptist Church. According to the National Register nomination, it was built around 1920. Even though it has a very simple boxy shape, it has lots of interesting textures and geometries going on, with its exposed rafters, triangular knee braces, paneled gable ends (maybe an imitation of half-timbering?), paired boxed columns atop brick piers that grow up out of the ground, and those really unusual stacked-brick balusters.
The bungalow a block away at 206 Main Street is a close cousin, with a wider gabled dormer and a hip roof porch, but still sporting the exposed rafters, paired and tripled battered posts atop brick piers. Instead of the triangular braces in the dormer as at the Lamar Street bungalow, here we see demure decorative purlins, and notice how the vertical window lights contrast with the horizontal louvered vents at each end of the dormer. While the peach bungalow has 9/1 windows (9 lights in the upper sash and one big one in the lower sash), this Main Street bungalow has a more complex Craftsman-style window that you can see in the dormer and peeking out on the right side, with 8 unequal lights, vertically oriented, in the upper sash above one big lower sash. The National Register nomination estimates this house was built closer to 1930.
Can’t get enough of Craftsman?
- 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
- Merigold Craftsman
- Terry Craftsman