Apartments on Jackson’s North Street

North Street Jackson Hinds County. Image from Google Maps

I developed an interest in several Jackson apartment buildings after reading a 1929 Manufacturers Record magazine with the following entry.

Miss., Jackson — Tom B. Scott, Capitol Natl. Bk. Bldg and associates started work on 12 apartment group on North St. between Boyd and Fortification Sts. ; N. W. Overstreet, Archt., Miss. Fire Insurance Bldg. ; $75,000.¹

I had to double-check because these are not apartments on North STATE Street , but rather North Street one block east from North State Street.  According to the Sanborn fire insurance maps there are only two apartments complexes large enough to accommodate twelve apartments; the Bellevue Court Apartments and the North Manor Apartments.  In Jackson a late 1920’s building boom saw an increase purpose-built apartments such as the Bellevue Apartments and the North Manor Apartments.  According to the Bellevue Court Apartment National Register Nomination

Bellevue Court Apartments 950 North Street Jackson, Hinds County Kelly Griffin, Consultant June, 1994 from MDAH HRI accessed 2-4-17

“As a result of this growth, the city’s earliest multi-unit masonry apartment buildings and apartment complexes began to be built as housing for professionals. Along with North Manor, Bellevue Court Apartments, also located on North Street, Belhaven Apartments (demolished 1992) located on Belhaven Street, Devore Apartments located at 1352 North State Street, and a single apartment building located on nearby High Street were built at this time in response to Jackson’s population growth.”

“According to the City Directory of 1930, the first tenants of the Bellevue Court Apartments were typically white-collar employees of downtown businesses. Almost all were married couples, most without children.”

These two complexes fall under the second definition of a Garden Apartment.  A Garden Apartment can be defined as “A multiple dwelling of two or three stories in height, usually in a suburban residential community, with a minimum of landscaping on the site.”²  I think gardens are loosely defined in these two apartment examples as there are small grassy areas between each of the buildings, two buildings in the instance of the North Manor Apartments, and three buildings in the instance of the Bellevue Court Apartments.  If you have been around MissPres for a while you might remember a post from a year or so ago about the J. Peyton McKay Apartments just a short distance away east on Fortification Street.  While not a garden apartment the McKay structure enticed tenants by having an edifice that resembled a single family dewlling that they would have aspired too.

North Manor Apartments 909 North St. Jackson November 1995 from MDAH HRI accessed 3-2-17

Unfortunately the southern building of the Tudor Revival North Manor Apartments was demolished prior to the 1995 National Register listing.  The MDAH HRI database says the firm of Hull & Malvaney are documented as having been the authors of the North Manor Apartments.  Curiously enough the National Register nomination and the MDAH database attribute, rather than document, that the Bellevue Court Apartments to mystery man Claude H. Lindsley.  The documentation in the Manufacturers Record is not enough to confirm that Overstreet designed this complex, but it is certainly worthwhile to look into why Lindsley was given the attribution for the Bellevue Apartments in the National Register Nomination.

Not to forget about the contractor for the Bellevue Court Apartments, Tom B. Scott has a brief entry in the MDAH HRI database, where he is credited with only three buildings all of which are in Jackson.  Does anyone know more about Mr. Scott?

Bellevue Court Apartments. 950 North Street Jackson, Hinds County June 2014 Image from Google Street View accessed 3-7-17

¹ Manufacturers’ record. v.95:no.20-26 (1929).
² Construction Dictionary: Construction Terms & Tables. Phoenix, AZ: Greater Phoenix, Arizona Chapter #98 of the National Association of Women in Construction, 1991. Print.

Categories: Architectural Research, Demolition/Abandonment, Historic Preservation, Jackson, National Register


24 replies

  1. Tom B. Scott seems to have been associated in 1928 as a partner in the Jackson Land Company. October 9, 1930, a notice for the incorporation of The Tom B. Scott Building Company, with A. D. Corley, was published in the Clarion-Ledger. He apparently engaged in renovation and remodeling, along with realty trading and residence building.

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  2. The Scott brothers developed Woodland Hills around the same time. I can’t remember the names of the three brothers, but their homes are all in Woodland Hills, and I suspect Tom was one of them.

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  3. Does it count as I reply if I say – we love you guys? Keep up the good work and yes the Scotts developed Woodland HIlls and the houses are all still here and well-loved.

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  4. Tom B. Scott was a busy man. He first came on the scene in 1930 when he opened his new construction company. Among the neighborhoods in which he constructed houses were Country Club Place, Ann Banks Subdivision, Clover Hill, and Willow Brook Place. He was the contractor for alterations or repairs on the Barr School, Duling School, Power School, & Lanier High School. He built a number of commercial buildings and completed alterations on several, including the Etheredge-Hemphill-McGee Building on East Capitol. He moved from his home at 911 Euclid to his new home at 1004 (the above referenced T. B. Scott House) in 1933, according to an announcement in the Clarion-Ledger, January 22, 1933, p. 8. I believe Mr. Scott is going to need his very own post on MissPres, showcasing some of his work.

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  5. Using the quiet of the office during Thanksgiving week, I’ve been going back through old MissPres posts to print out articles for the MDAH Historic Resources Inventory files. I came back to this one and decided to do a little digging into where the attribution for Lindsley as Bellevue Court architect came from. As I look through the file, the best I can tell, Lindsley’s name was first mentioned in the August 1993 Preliminary Evaluation Questionnaire (PEQ) that the owner filled out as a first step toward National Register listing. In the field for “Architect or builder,” the owner wrote, “Believe to be Claude W. Lindsley.” There are no sources or reasons for that belief in the document. Presumably, the author of the nomination, without the wonder of newspaper databases we have available, took that and ran with it, and noted this was merely an attribution. However, as I’ve been searching through the newspaper databases, I haven’t found anything linking Overstreet with the apartments either. For now, I’m going to leave Lindsley in the database as attributed, enter Overstreet as another possibility, and enter Tom B. Scott as contractor. Maybe something more definitive will surface down the road. Thanks for this post!

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    • Jennifer~

      Any movement on moving the M&O RR Section House? I own a lot that joins the M&O railroad ROW and the Main Street in Crawford. I also own four acres that join the new fire station in Crawford. Can we negotiate a swap to move the section house ? Since Crawford has already received “something of equal value” from the lone bidder, who has since bowed out, there should be no claim on the section house. I can have it moved to the 300 yards away location noted above and comply with the restriction that it only be used as a residence..


  6. Thank you for the follow up regarding the Lindsley attribution! I am honored that our ruminations are worthy of being part of the public record.


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