Today’s Craftsman post shows a place that no longer exists but that represents a whole category of bungalows that once dotted Mississippi highways, especially Highway 90 on the Coast, the tourist court. Tourist or motor courts arose with the new highway system in the 1920s and 1930s and appealed to middle-class travelers on family vacations and salesmen traveling by car. Motor court owners strove for a home-like atmosphere that competed with the high-rise downtown hotels, and bungalows were just the thing: compact single-family or duplex houses (both pictured in this postcard image) with open plans and all the modern, up-to-date conveniences travelers would want. The book The Motel in America goes into the history and economics of the tourist court and its evolution into the motel chains of today.
I assume, given the location, that Preston Court fell victim to Hurricane Camille in 1969, if not to development, but maybe someone who knows more about its history will let us know. I love the tile roofs the 9/1 windows (so many windows compared to today’s hotel room!), and the simple but sweet little entrance porches with exposed and decorative beams. And if you wanted to just sit in the shade and look at your little bungalow and the Mississippi Sound on the other side of the highway, you could do that too. Those were the days, my friend.
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