Now that summer is upon us, my thoughts turn to two seasons that go along with the warm weather: hurricane season and baptism season. Until well into the 20th century in this Baptist-heavy state, immersion baptisms typically took place in… Read More ›
Month: June 2016
Help Identify the Mississippi Mystery Houses
The Library of Congress needs our help! That’s right, our defacto national library, the second largest in the world, has some historic images of Mississippi buildings that are unidentified. These images are the work of Frances Benjamin Johnston, whose 60-year career as… Read More ›
Mississippi Streets: 1930s Biloxi
Same view April 2013, courtesy Google Streetview. 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… Read More ›
Roadside Mississippi: Photographer John Margolies
Recently, a MissPres reader sent me the link to John Margolies’s obituary. You may not know the name, but if you enjoy mid-century commercial Modernism, you’ve probably seen his images of neon signs, interesting roadside vernacular architecture, and other sites… Read More ›
Prospect Hill Has a New Roof!
Compare that picture with these: How long has MissPres been watching Prospect Hill? Since the beginning . . . An Important House Needs Our Help An Important House Needs Our Help, Part II A Fall Day at Prospect Hill New Hope… Read More ›
Bruce Goff’s Mississippi Work in His Own Spoken Words
Comments by architect Bruce Goff about his two Mississippi Coast houses, the groovy Gryder House in Ocean Springs and the spaceship Gutman House in Gulfport. Plus the best construction sign award goes to “We Don’t Like Your House Either.”
HABS in Mississippi: Kingston Methodist Church
From the MDAH Historic Resources Database: A hip-roofed stuccoed building with a projecting distyle portico, the Kingston Methodist Church is a highly significant example of the Greek Revival style. This significance is based on the high degree of architectural finish,… Read More ›
What is an Archipedia?
Mississippi architecture is about to get its due on the Society of Architectural Historians’ online database, Archipedia.
Dendrochronology Dates La Pointe-Krebs House to 1757
Back in February, Thomas Rosell reported that a team from the Dendrochronology Lab of the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi was beginning a dendrochronology study of the de La Pointe-Krebs House, aka Old Spanish Fort, in Pascagoula. While… Read More ›
Happy Birthday Bruce Goff & Frank Lloyd Wright
June 8 is the birth date shared by architects Bruce Goff and Frank Lloyd Wright. While Wright, born in Wisconsin in 1867, is better known, Goff, born in Kansas in 1904, is one of the few architects that Wright would… Read More ›
Industrial Mississippi: Jackson Lamp and Glass Works
Today’s page from the 1951 Mississippi edition of Manufacturer’s Record highlights a building that still survives on Highway 80, across from Battlefield Park in Jackson, the former General Electric Lamp and Glass Works. According to the MDAH Historic Resources Database, the… Read More ›
A Piece of Pascagoula History on the Market
I recently saw a Pascagoula real estate listing that caught my eye. The former Pascagoula National Bank at 535 Delmas Avenue is on the market. Originally built in 1938, the bank is the only building I am aware of that R…. Read More ›
Time to nominate your Best of the South project!
Mississippi has won four Best of the South awards. Which preservation project from the last two years should be honored this year?
Mississippi Streets: 1960s Columbus
Same view as of May 2013, courtesy of Google streetview. Columbus has done a great job preserving and revitalizing their downtown, even that great Modernist department store, Ruth’s (which looks like it got paneled maybe around 1970?) that now houses… Read More ›
HABS in Mississippi: Hope Farm, Natchez
According to the MDAH Historic Resources Database: “Hope Farm is thought to have been constructed in the late 18th century, making it one of the oldest buildings remaining in the state. It is believed that the house was constructed by… Read More ›
Mississippi Architects: Rathbone DeBuys (1874-1960)
New Orleans architect Rathbone DeBuys has been mentioned many times over the years here on MissPres, but recently I was surprised to see we have never had a feature post dedicated to his work in Mississippi. This was something I had not discovered until I found… Read More ›