See other Mississippi Streets: 1920s Yazoo City 1910s Vicksburg 1950s New Albany 1960s Meridian 1930s Camp Shelby 1950s Pascagoula 1960s Neshoba County Fair Drew 1937 Tupelo 1936 Vicksburg 1936 1940s Gulfport 1940s Columbus Greenville 1927 Lexington 1939 1910s Meridian 1920s… Read More ›
Month: April 2016
Mad Mod Delta Tour Report
Today’s post is brought to you by our inveterate architectural tourist, Neel Reid, who also reported on last year’s Mad Mod Eastover tour. ————————————————— It’s easy to overlook Modernist commercial architecture. Coming into a world where cars dictate the layout… Read More ›
Mail Order Mississippi: Geo F. Barber Design E-25 / No. 781
We’ve previously had a brief introduction to architect George F. Barber here on MissPres. Barber, who lived in Knoxville, TN from 1888 until his death in 1915, did a significant mail order plan business across the United States. The Knox County… Read More ›
Bruce High School: Another Malvaney School
Imagine this being your high school in 1942, after the International style building designed by E. L. Malvaney had been completed. Look at those beautiful glass enclosures and columns on the corner entrances! And, then look what happened with the… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 4-25-2016
From Tupelo to Vicksburg, from Philadelphia to Jackson and down to Natchez, and even over in Arkansas (!) here’s (almost) all the Mississippi preservation news that’s fit to print.
Friday Puzzler: A Tale of Two Domes
Here is a Friday puzzler for all you puzzle masters out there. You might be familiar with “Tale of Two Domes” a saga in which architect George R. Mann claimed that the Mississippi New Capitol building’s dome is based on… Read More ›
HABS in Mississippi: Springfield, Jefferson County
HABS Survey number: HABS MS-54 See also: HABS website Mississippi Historic Resources Database–see this especially for an extended discussion of the Andrew Jackson/Springfield controversy. For an introduction to the HABS program in Mississippi: Cataloguing HABS in Mississippi, Part 1 Cataloguing… Read More ›
Paul Rudolph in Biloxi (Richard Neutra too)
In 1953, the fourth annual conference of the Gulf States Region of American Institute of Architects was held in Biloxi, on Sept. 17-19. The theme of the conference was “Serving the People of the New South Through Architectural Progress” and there was a strong focus… Read More ›
Checking in on the Historic Preservation Tax Credit
This was supposed to be a traditional Monday news roundup, but . . . well, the weekend got the better of me, and then I heard that the Legislature was finally working the historic tax credit bill through its conference committee… Read More ›
Mississippi Streets: 1920s Hattiesburg
I’m not 100% sure that this is the correct perspective, but it’s the best I can do given that many of these buildings are apparently no longer standing. See other Mississippi Streets: 1920s Yazoo City 1910s Vicksburg 1950s New Albany… Read More ›
Greenville Craftsmen “Twins”
I’m deep in the middle of a months-long project to geo-code my photo library, and it’s been a sometimes tedious, but often fun exercise in re-discovering pictures I took a while back and intended to do something with but then… Read More ›
HABS in Mississippi: Rosalie, Natchez
In last week’s series, “Cataloguing HABS in Mississippi,” Virginia Price introduced us to the Historic American Buildings Survey, begun in the 1930s, and explained how the federal program worked in Mississippi. Architect A. Hays Town, later known for his creative… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 4-11-2016
Since I spent the weekend grumpily working on taxes, this will be a fairly truncated roundup, but I hope it will catch most of the big stuff. If you know of something I’ve missed, be sure to add it in… Read More ›
Cataloguing Mississippi for HABS: Early Recording Efforts
The following list of buildings and sites was taken from documents in Record Group 515 at the National Archives. Twelve buildings were recorded through measured drawings in the 1930s, and in 1939 additional places were considered. The resulting list, entitled “Structures Proposed for Measurement,” was compiled by the state office led by District Officer Emmett J. Hull.
Cataloguing Mississippi for HABS, Part 3
In the final episode of this three-part series about HABS in Mississippi, Virginia Price explores the dominance of the old river towns Natchez and Vicksburg in the HABS collection for Mississippi, and the consequent impression that the Greek Revival style constituted Mississippi’s architectural golden age.
Cataloguing Mississippi for HABS, Part 2
In Part 2 of 3 in a series about HABS in Mississippi, Virginia Price explores the role and work of Mississippi’s first two district officers, A. Hays Town and Emmett J. Hull, and compares Mississippi’s HABS documentation to other states. Plus, C.H. Lindsley, mystery man extraordinaire, appears unexpectedly.
Cataloguing Mississippi for HABS, Part 1
If you’ve hung around this blog for a while, or if you’re a regular on various Facebook groups, you’ve probably seen beautiful black-and-white images of buildings, or even floorplans and detail drawings, with the citation “HABS” or the spelled-out version… Read More ›
The Renaissance of the Ridgelanders
The heretofore untold story of rampaging Ridgelanders, marauding Madisonians, Piazza del Ruth’s Chris, the true orgin of the Washington Monument, hippocamps, and more! Plus, did Michaelangelo visit Renaissance?