Why do men select a profession in which real success, or at least eminence, entails a life of constant serious study, three-fourths drudgery, no play and rarely a reward of full, unstinted appreciation? Why will men knowingly attempt the impossible?
How Madisonia Came to Windsor
The fourth post in the Madisonia Trilogy tells the story of Smith Coffee Daniel’s famous Windsor Exxon, a Corinthian columned masterpiece complete with a Coffeeteria in its center court.
MissPres News Roundup 2-26-2018
It’s been a bit since the last one, so I think it’s time for another news roundup. Remember you can catch the preservation news as it breaks in our Twitter sidebar, on the MissPres home page. Starting in Edwards, we… Read More ›
Sometimes it’s about the daffodils
The latest warm snap has brought out the early bloomers. Happy first signs of spring, Mississippians!
A Thank You to ELMalvaney for Preservation in Mississippi
I would like everyone who reads this site to take time out of his or her day to join me in saying thank you to ELMalvaney for starting Preservation in Mississippi nine years ago and for the incredible posting schedule… Read More ›
Snowin’ in the Pines, and the Magnolias, and the Live Oaks . . .
Most of central and south Mississippi woke up to an early 200th birthday present–a verifiable snow storm that stuck! Here are a few pictures of Jackson and environs, and if you spent some time wandering the winter wonderland taking pictures… Read More ›
Mid-Week Mid-Century: In Praise of Masonry Screens
I’ve pretty much fallen in love with masonry screens since I first started noticing them a few years ago. Most popular in the 1950s through 1970s, these decorative concrete block are a low-cost way to create a wall, provide privacy… Read More ›
Friday is a Gas: Lion Stations c.1940
I’m not very familiar with Lion brand gasoline. Established in Arkansas during 1922, Lion Oil is still around in the refinery and asphalt products business, but I don’t believe they have branded stations any longer. Between 1985 and 2011, Lion… Read More ›
Roadside Mississippi: Fountain Grill
We’re taking a break this week from the “Friday is a Gas” series since we had a gas station related post on Wednesday, but today’s post is still about a roadside-tastic building constructed c.1965. I’ll wager a guess this was the… Read More ›
Photographer John Margolies Images Now Available Online
Last year Malvaney’s post about roadside Americana photographer John Margolies ended with the wish that someday his photos, which had been donated to the Library of Congress, would be made available for the public to see. That day has arrived, my… Read More ›
Roadside Mississippi: (former) Tastee Freeze, Jackson
A small roadside building with a stepped facade, front service windows, a curvilinear front fascia, and a flat roof that ever so slightly slopes to the rear of the structure. Could it be? A Tastee Freeze?
MissPres Around The World
The MissPres website logs some interesting website stats for us including this map below. The red color of the United States of America means that is where a majority of the visitors to the site come from. Yellow means we’ve had… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 4-11-2017
Mississippi preservation stories from here and there and all over the Twitterverse.
The Matawan Texacos of Mississippi
I was in Monticello (Mississippi) a while back when a handsome former service station caught my eye. It is unmistakable as a Texaco station built in that fuel company’s “Matawan” style, so named after the site of the first location of… Read More ›
Two Friday Puzzles For Two Preservation Events
This Friday we’ve got two puzzles for two preservation-related events that are taking place: one today and one tomorrow. Today (3/24/17) at Mississippi State University is the Dan and Gemma Camp Classical Lecture: Restoring the Mississippi State Capitol, to be… Read More ›
Friday Film: Mississippi’s New Capitol
Today’s Friday Film is part of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “Mississippi: A Thread Through Time.” As part of the state’s bicentennial this year MPB has produced a new series of one-minute documentaries. A new story will be presented each week. Several weeks… Read More ›
Small Homes in the New Tradition: Architect’s House in Springdale, Arkansas, William Oglesby, Architect
Yes, I know that the blog is Preservation in Mississippi and this house is in Arkansas, but Malvaney has posted about New Orleans multiple times so I have an excuse for this bit of mission drift. An aside every once… Read More ›
2016 Annual Report
It’s time for our annual look back at how this little blog performed in the last year. I’m not going to lie, as a blogger, 2016 was a long slog. In June 2015, we had hit 1,000,000 page views and our numbers… Read More ›
Tweets From The Past Week
Just a quick post to catch up on some of the recent @PreservationMS tweets. If you’re not a Twitter person you can always see the MissPres tweets on the Homepage under the heading “NewsUpdates.” Can't get enough of this c.1960 rendering… Read More ›
2016 has been quite the year: the struggles, the places we’ve lost. I am hopeful we learned from these losses to maybe prevent similar losses in the future. Looking beyond, I would like to share this list of the things I am grateful… Read More ›
In Memoriam: Roy Harrover (1928-2016)
In my readings around the Internet, I found the sad news that Memphis architect Roy Harrover passed away on December 13 at the age of 88. Harrover never practiced in Mississippi; he was a Memphis-based architect from 1955 until his… Read More ›
Time to Pick the Cotton
Have you ever wondered how cotton is picked and processed nowadays? Have you puzzled over the round yellow bales that now dot the fields after harvest, like I did last year? Then watch this video by Vicksburg photographer Marty Kittrell–all your… Read More ›
See MoMA’s 1932 Modern Architecture: International Exhibit for Yourself
Through the wonders of the internet you can now see every MoMA exhibit ever. Earlier this month the Museum of Modern Art in New York made their complete exhibition history, including photographs, archival documents, & exhibit catalogs, available online. The 86-year-old Museum… Read More ›
To Facebook or Not to Facebook?
It’s been over three years since we did a poll here on MissPres. That one asked how readers accessed MissPres–by laptop/desktop, smart phone, or tablet. Back then, desktops ruled the day with 89% of the vote. Around that time, we also debated… Read More ›
Merry Christmas from Dixie
From Jackson, Mississippi, where it is raining in the pines, to your house, wherever it is, merry Christmas!