I present to you for your weekend perusing pleasure the following book: Architectural Concrete for Small Buildings published in 1937 by the Portland Cement Association. The book is available to view online over on archive.org thanks to the Association for Preservation Technology and the Southeastern Architectural Archives at Tulane University. If you like Mississippi architecture, or concrete, or just like clean Art Deco and Moderne lines then this book is for you!
This book features two poured-in-place concrete buildings that still stand in Mississippi. These are the Jones County Jail addition in Laurel, and the Holmes County Jail in Lexington. Both structures are designed by the firm of Overstreet & Town. The book compliments the Jones County Jail addition constructed by I. C. Garber and Sons for its effective ornamental motif at each side of the front entrance, while the Holmes County Jail entry has some detail sections of the form work used to create the structures concrete piers. This work was executed by Currie & Corley.
If you’ve been around MissPres since the beginning you might remember an early series on a question and answer session N. W. Overstreet did with the Portland Cement Association at its Spring 1940 meeting held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. This interview was later published in the Portland Cement Association magazine Architectural Concrete. If you didn’t catch that interview the first time, you can view those posts from 2009 here.
Architectural Concrete for Small Buildings also features buildings by architectural firms who have projects in Mississippi such as Diboll, Boettner and Kessels of New Orleans and M. H. Furbringer of Memphis, but the structures featured are in those firms’ respective home cities.
Let us know if you have a favorite building from the book. I am partial to the two aforementioned Mississippi buildings, but I like the gas station examples the book highlights also, even if they are not in Mississippi :-).