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 Burger Chef?
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 ›
Itawamba County’s Historic Banner School, Preserved…For Now
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 ›
MissPres News Roundup 7-8-2019
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 ›
NPS plans to demolish . . . er . . . “remove” several National Register-listed Tupelo Homesteads. Tell them what you think by June 28!
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 ›
Nominate Mississippi’s Most Endangered Historic Places and Show Off Your Photography Skills
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.
MissPres News Roundup 6-25-2019
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 ›
HABS in Mississippi: Burrus House, Benoit
The once-grand mansion was in a precarious condition in 1936 when our old friend James Butters took two photos of the building for the Historic American Building Survey, one from the front and one from the back, which was already missing its original double gallery.
Carson’s former Art Deco gymnasium-auditorium
Thanks to W. White’s meticulous work, many of us were fortunate to get a glimpse of the Art Deco gymnasium-auditorium in the rural community of Carson, featured recently in the Name This Place XIII: Google Street View Edition, only to… Read More ›
Update on Arlington
As Thomas Rosell noted in his October 2018 post “News from Natchez,” the City of Natchez is once again pursuing a finding of “demolition by neglect” against the owner of antebellum mansion Arlington, a National Historic Landmark that suffered a… Read More ›
Auld Lang Syne: Friends we lost in 2018
I’m a couple of weeks late in my “end-of-year posts” but as Thomas Rosell mentioned in his last post, sometimes life takes over, and in my case, December just got away from me, so here we are, better late than… Read More ›
Mount Vernons in Mississippi?
Calling all MissPresers to find your local Mount Vernon replica and add it to the map!
Is Another Antebellum Columbus House – Beckrome – In Danger Of Being Demolished?
I was reading The Dispatch’s website Thursday regarding a couple of stories also posted on Preservation in Mississippi’s Twitter feed about how the MDAH has not made R. E. Hunt High School, Columbus’s African American high school, a Mississippi Landmark… Read More ›
News from Natchez
Last week several news stories from Natchez popped into my inbox, both of which contain good news for two iconic, and fire ravaged buildings. Firstly, after sixteen years, the Natchez Preservation Commission is moving forward with a legal battle to save… Read More ›
Pat Harrison Waterway Building before Forrest County destroyed it
Back in 2013, I encountered the Pat Harrison Waterway Building while it was still the Pat Harrison Waterway Building, and since it was a beautiful blue-sky day that showed its tile mosaic and modernist details, such as its metal screen… Read More ›
Abandoned Mississippi: I. Y. Johnson House, Aberdeen
Before I get started on the post, I would like to thank Jennifer Baughn, Chief Architectural Historian at the MDAH’s Historic Preservation Division for providing me with the historic sites survey form for the I. Y. Johnson House and for… Read More ›
Working Under Cover of Weekend, Forrest County Demos Pat Harrison Building
Just a rule of thumb for life, whenever government starts working on Friday afternoon, somethin fishy is probably going on (see Moss Point Water Works). In a burst of energy last Friday afternoon, Forrest County decided to demolish the former… Read More ›
Lucky 13: Hurricane Katrina’s Anniversary
It’s hard to believe it has been 13 years. Trying to think of something that is Hurricane Katrina related we’ve not yet shared, I came across this presentation by Mississippi Heritage Trust’s past Executive Director, David Preziosi. It is an… Read More ›
What Lowndes County Has Done to Columbus’s Lipscomb House
If you’ve been reading MissPres for the last 6 months or so, you’ll be familiar with the sad saga of the Lipscomb House, a sweet 1880s Queen Anne cottage listed on the National Register as part of the Columbus Central… Read More ›
Tournalayer House in Vicksburg
A friend sent me this clipping from the Emporia Kansas Gazette, which shows a house made by the Tournalayer machine that was manufactured by LeTourneau. GIANT MACHINE POURS HOUSES LIKE THIS — Strolling up the walk for an inspection visit, a GI… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 5-29-2018
Let’s jump right into today’s roundup.
MissPres News Roundup 5-22-2018
Even thought it doesn’t look inviting, let’s jump right into today’s roundup. It is to hot already for this much bad news. To hopefully put everyone in a better mood, I’ve decided to share the bad news first and end with the good news stories.
MissPres News Roundup 5-14-2018
Let’s jump right into today’s roundup. Starting in Tupelo, there is news of new Historic District zoning. The district would include a small portion of the Downtown Tupelo National Register Historic District, and link the downtown district to the Highland… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 5-8-2018
It has been a busy two weeks for the preservation world since our last roundup, so let’s jump right into today’s roundup. From Meridian comes an interesting story about the future of the city’s 1932 U.S. Post Office and Courthouse…. Read More ›
Greenwood’s Midway Hotel, or How Buildings Fall Down
As we learned last week in the News Round-up, the Greenwood’s Midway Hotel (first built in 1905 as the Kitchell Hotel, enlarged with a north addition in 1916, and later renamed the Weiner) will be demolished. Inspection by a structural… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 4-23-2018
Last week’s Name This Place contest was a big success, thanks to all who participated. A big round of digital applause is due for our latest “Mississippi Preservationist Extraordinaire” ed polk douglas and W. White’s stalwart efforts pulling together entries… Read More ›
HABS in Mississippi: Rodney Presbyterian Church
As a reminder about the recent formation of the Rodney History and Preservation Society and how you might want to join in its mission to preserve remaining structures in historic Rodney, especially the Rodney Presbyterian Church, today’s HABS post is dedicated… Read More ›