Since we’ve been in Bolivar County all week, why not just stay there for our Craftsman post?
One of the state’s most famous Craftsman-style houses is the home of I.T. Montgomery in Mound Bayou. Montgomery, an early African American leader in the state, founded Mound Bayou as an all-black town in 1887, and Suzassippi has covered the town’s later history in a series of posts, beginning with “The Jewel of the Delta.” An impressive concrete staircase ascends to a wrap-around porch with battered wood posts on this show-piece of a house that Montgomery reportedly used to entertain guests from around the country.
Montgomery’s house replaced an earlier frame structure from the time of the town’s founding, and there is a discrepancy in the date of construction for this house. The National Historic Landmark nomination, completed in 1976, and the more recent Mound Bayou Historic District nomination, both state that the house was built c.1910, which would make it a very early Craftsman in the state, very cutting-edge. However, a researcher friend of mine pointed out the 1937 Mound Bayou Semi-Centennial Booklet, which gives a date of 1920 and some other information about the construction. Since 1937 was not that long after Montgomery’s death in 1924, and since 1920 makes more sense for the building’s style, I’m going with that date. Even still, it’s an impressive and imposing structure, and it was seen as such in its time.
I hear that now that the Taborian Hospital is up and running, the City of Mound Bayou has turned it attention to trying to bring life back to the Montgomery House. Here’s hoping this preservation project is just as successful!
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
- Webb School, Bay St. Louis
- 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
- Itta Bena Craftsman
- Natchez Craftsman