What would housing look like in Mississippi if not for the Ranch house? While the stereotype of our housing stock might be of Greek Revival piles, variations of the Ranch house can be found in every corner of the state,… Read More ›
Many times we focus on the importance of our ability to vote, but we often do not think of the location where we cast our ballot. Firehouses, city halls, and courthouses all seem to have been popular places historically, as… Read More ›
A comment on last week’s post about the fast-food chain Burger Chef, along with the company’s news in August 2019 that they would be closing five hundred of their dine-in restaurants got me thinking about Pizza Hut. The brand’s iconic… Read More ›
Who remembers the fast food chain Burger Chef? A few years ago, I passed through Laurel and saw a relatively intact Drive-In that was being used as a coin laundry it had a distinct look, one that I couldn’t place… Read More ›
Yesterday, a colleague pointed out to me that two new reports on the de la Pointe-Krebs House in Pascagoula were now available online. If you’re unfamiliar with the state’s oldest standing documented building, the MDAH Historic Resource Inventory Database entry… Read More ›
Despite it being more than a week into Fall, its still too dang hot for me! Is anybody happy it’s still this warm? If you’re like me you might be trying to beat the heat with some roll-down shades for… Read More ›
One of the problems with Preservation in Mississippi‘s lack of News Roundups in 2019 is that important stories have not been disseminated, even when they have involved the potential demolition of a historic school building. And one only needs to go… Read More ›
One of the more intriguing finds lately for the Living New Deal project in Mississippi was the discovery of the Sweet Potato Starch Factory in Laurel. The Wausau Southern Lumber Company’s former sawmill, located at the end of South 4th… Read More ›
Although MissPreservation has gotten sleepy this summer, there are still other doings on the internet related to preservation in Mississippi. Yesterday the Historic Natchez Foundation sent out this press release announcing a long awaited revamped website. Be sure to visit… Read More ›
There are two preservation related events taking place this week at opposite ends of the state. On Thursday in Gulfport will be a presentation on the Phoenix Naval Store plant, a circa 1909 industrial site that produced turpentine. The sole… Read More ›
In the Spring of 1936, HABS photographer James Butters visited the John Ford House in the Sandy Hook community just north of the Louisiana/Mississippi line on the west side of the Pearl River. The house must have impressed him because… Read More ›
After the post a couple of weeks ago about the National Park Service’s proposal to demolish half of the Tupelo Homesteads Historic District, I thought we needed more context about the homesteads, which were a 1930s program that attempted to… Read More ›
From the MDAH website . . . Legislature Funds Preservation Grant Program -posted July 01, 2019 MDAH is accepting applications for preservation projects across the state. The 2019 Mississippi legislature has provided funding for another round of the Community Heritage… Read More ›
My last news roundup was a somewhat cursory one. This time, I am going to try and cover what fell through the cracks in June and what has happened in the past two weeks. And let me tell you that… Read More ›
The 1830s was a bumper decade for Mississippi architecture, and as we will see in this week’s Tag Tuesday, for architecture in other states too. Exemplified by the Mississippi Statehouse (now the Old Capitol) and the Governor’s Mansion, the Greek… Read More ›
The grounding of the National Historic Landmark, Mississippi River steamboat Delta Queen due to federal fire safety regulations was a hot topic here on MissPres when we were just a baby blog back in 2009. She’s been sitting in Chattanooga since… Read More ›
Eight houses located on the east side of Old Hwy 45/North Gloster and one house on the west side of Old 45 in Tupelo are proposed for removal (demolition) by the National Park Service, America’s premier historic preservation agency. The… Read More ›
The Mississippi Heritage Trust will announce the 12th list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi on Thursday, October 24 at the Morris Ice Company on Commerce Street, Jackson. Visit our site to nominate a threatened historic place in your community for 2019.
It has been some time since there has been a News Roundup on Preservation in Mississippi (links to select news stories are on the site’s Twitter feed). But, like trees falling in a forest, preservation news happens even if we… Read More ›
Two apartment complexes, a bowling alley, an ice factory, a community house, and a historic residence have been added to the National Register of Historic Places on the recommendation of the Mississippi National Register Review Board.
The HABS photographers assiduously remained out of their own photos of the nation’s historic buildings, so recently when I was trawling around newspapers.com (I’m not addicted. I can stop whenever I feel like it) I was happy to find a… Read More ›
Here are the public notices on the MDAH website related to Mississippi Landmarks. I’ve taken the liberty of adding Google streetview so we can all see which building is under consideration for designation (or under consideration for de-designation, as the… Read More ›
Many Mississippians like golf, but here at Preservation in Mississippi, we like Goff. That is Bruce Goff for the uninitiated. On the site, we have written about Goff’s Mississippi houses, Goff’s colleagues, Goff’s disciples, and Goff’s critics. The fact that… Read More ›
According to a recent news release on the MDAH website, MDAH preservationists are trying to pinpoint when three columns at Windsor Ruins collapsed sometime between 1942 and 1971. If you or a family member or friend visited the site and… Read More ›
If you’ve ever been in downtown Biloxi, or even just seen photos of the historic business district, you’ve likely laid eyes on the former Peoples Bank Building. Its iconic turret is used in Biloxi Main Street’s logo. The Romanesque pile,… Read More ›
Well, I got behind in checking the public notices on the MDAH website, so this is the May public notice a few days late, but you still have a day or two (although I’m almost certain this wasn’t published online… Read More ›
The angle of this postcard perplexed me, but I found that in the 1935 City Directory, Kirkwood Furniture was at 614 Main, and the 3-story building to the far left is still recognizably there, unlike the rest of its block…. Read More ›
Following up from the last post on the Certified Local Government programs in Mississippi, I will profile the Aberdeen City Hall. In the 2019 awards by the Mississippi Department of Archives & History for CLG projects, Aberdeen was awarded $15,083.35… Read More ›
Walk through the somber courtyard of the War Memorial Building next door to the Old Capitol in Jackson and you’ll see three sets of aluminum doors. Walk even closer to see bas reliefs of implements of war throughout history.
On June 6-7, 2019, the Mississippi Heritage Trust will host the Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference in Grenada, presented by BankPlus. Using the amazing downtown renaissance that is happening in this historic city, the conference will focus on six essential… Read More ›
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