Knowing it was coming doesn’t make it any easier.
The Webster County Courthouse demolition has begun, according to Facebook posts and WCBI. The two-story brick Craftsman/Prairie style building was built in 1915 by the Little-Cleckler Construction Company of Anniston, Alabama, and designed by a very young N.W. Overstreet of Overstreet, Spencer & Paine. It was designated a Mississippi Landmark in 1990, but was severely damaged by fire in its attic and second story in January 2013. The supervisors fought the insurance company and preservationists to get a shiny new building, and they finally won last year after allowing the building to sit open to the elements for two years.
I believe this was the first historic courthouse we’ve lost in Mississippi since the demolition of the Carroll County Courthouse in Vaiden in 1993.