MissPres News Roundup 9-12-2017

It’s been somewhat quiet in the Mississippi preservation world this week, but a few stories have popped up.

Firefighters gather at the scene of a building collapse in McComb on Sunday evening Matt Williams Enterprise-Journal

In McComb, a judge directs the owner of a historic theater to either repair or demolish the partially collapsed theater.  Terrance Alexander owned the building, but sold it several months ago to a limited liability company that he controls.  Judge Brandon Frazier gave Alexander 15 days to file an application to either repair or demolish the building.


The big news story this week from West Point, is that the Waverley house is now on the market for $2.9 million dollars.  The Columbus Dispatch ran a story and you can see our own MissPres story from Monday.



In Jackson, the MDAH Permit Committee will meet at Thursday September 14, 2017 at 9:00 am. This monthly meeting of the MDAH Permit Committee will review proposed changes to Mississippi Landmark properties and recommend any new designations for Mississippi Landmark status.



From Meridian, we have a story about the restoration efforts of the Wechsler Foundation to restore the Wechsler School.  The Wechsler School in Meridian is the oldest brick school building in the state of Mississippi built for African-American students with public money.

The funds that the foundation members have raised will go toward replacing the roof of the 1951 part of the building, possibly within the next several months, and the foundation is currently applying for another large grant that could help make the 1951 building operational.


If you know of any preservation-related news items not mentioned, or if you have more information about a story above please let us know in the comments below.

Categories: African American History, Antebellum, Building Types, Demolition/Abandonment, Disasters, Historic Preservation, Jackson, McComb, Meridian, Mississippi Landmarks, News Roundups, Renovation Projects, Schools, Theaters, West Point


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