We were recently introduced to builder Bilbo McHuley and architect William Lattimore, the duo that was designing and building homes for Jackson’s African-American community in the late 1950s & early 1960s. I came across this ad for self-described “Jackson’s foremost home builders” in a November 23, 1963 edition of the Mississippi Free Press. It advertises an open house on Corinth Street in West Jackson to be held on Sunday, November 24th of a custom-built home designed by W. A. Lattimore and built by McHuley. Unfortunately the poor quality of the microfilm has made the image of the house all but impossible to discern. It appears to be a hipped roof ranch house. According to the text it has a carport with a utility room
I’ve taken a virtual tour of Corinth St. thanks to Google Street View, but I could not confirm which house this might be, or if it is even still standing.
Are any of the other names in the Corinth Street house credits familiar to anyone? At the bottom of the ad they mention the “Opening of Our New Subdivision in Late January.” I believe this is the subdivision announced in the February 1964 ad that was featured in Malvaney’s post on McHuley. The builder’s address was 1114 1/2 Lynch Street in Jackson. McHuley Builders and Nelson & Lattimore House Designers both listed their office at 1114 1/2 Lynch Street Jackson from c.1959-c.1963, but this location no longer exists. Another ad in the MFP a few months later might give us a few more hints and details about the Corinth Street custom home. Anyone care to wager which house on Corinth Street this might be?
Categories: African American History, Jackson, Recent Past
You know I would be right on this normally, but alas, I am on the last day of edit on a manuscript due tomorrow. It can be so annoying to have deadlines.
In my opinion, the house was on one of the vacant lots, because none of the existing houses have the open carport (an easily altered or enclosed feature) but most importantly, none have the roof setback that the microfilm photo appears to show. All the extant ranch houses have a straight roof line along the front, with the exception of two which have different roof setbacks and do not match the microfilm photo for other reasons.