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 ›
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 ›
Who Designed Biloxi’s Peoples Bank?
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 ›
Mississippi Builders: Christian (Chris) Thompson
Today’s post is about a builder from the Coast’s early boom period when Gulfport was first established, and Biloxi’s hotel trade was really taking off. Christian Thompson was a younger brother of Builder/Architect O.E. Thompson. The elder Thompson is likely… 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 ›
Head Out on the Highway: Old Spanish Trail, 1941
Today’s post is the second in our reprint of the 1941 publication Mississippi Tourist Guide, which focused on the many attractions along Mississippi’s newly paved highways. (Check out the Intro if you missed it.) THE OLD SPANISH TRAIL (U.S. 90)… Read More ›
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.
MHT Historic Preservation Conference set for June 6-8
From our friends at Mississippi Heritage Trust. More information about this year’s statewide historic preservation conference can be found on their website. https://www.mississippiheritage.com/listen-up/ On June 6-8, the Mississippi Heritage Trust will host the Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference at the… Read More ›
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 ›
Which Mississippi Civil Rights Sites Should Become National Parks?
The National Park Service is undertaking a study of civil rights sites in Mississippi to report to Congress on which sites might become part of the park system. A new NPS website explains the project and announces six public meetings… Read More ›
MDAH Announces 2018 CLG Grants
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has awarded grants totaling more than $63,000 to ten preservation projects in Certified Local Government (CLG) communities across the state. Amounts range from $1,250 for the development of an interactive website that interprets Boonville’s historic district to $12,500 to continue the rehabilitation of the Weinberg House in Greenville.
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 ›
A Call for Mississippi’s Best Preservation Projects
The Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) has issued a call for nominations for their “Best of the South” award, with nominations due July 1, 2018. As you may recall, Mississippi has snagged four of these awards in the past:… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 4-9-2018
This week news stories from Oxford, to Jackson, to Biloxi.
MissPres News Roundup 3-20-2018
Just because we were on vacation last week didn’t stop the preservation news from coming. We’ve got a lot to catch up on. Remember you can catch the preservation news as it breaks in our Twitter sidebar to the right…. Read More ›
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 ›
Happy Mardi Gras, 2018
Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday. Do you have a building or landscape that you associate with the Mardi Gras season? Perhaps a stretch of parade route, or venue that hosts balls?
Architect Pics: Young Carl Emil Matthes Sr.
In my quest to find yearbook entries for these four Architects, members of the founding generation for Mississippi’s AIA, I’ve located yearbooks for R.W. Naef and N.W. Overstreet. Finally, I located a yearbook entry for Carl Emil Matthes Sr. Matthes… Read More ›
National Register Listings, 2017 (Part II)
Yesterday, we covered the first half of the year’s National Register listings, and today we’ll finish out the list with a big batch that was listed in September 2017. It’s an eclectic group, including but not limited to a small… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 2017 In Review
This is a roundup of our 2017 MissPres News Roundups. Unless a huge story breaks this will be our last roundup for the year. One of the top news stories this year was damage to historic places caused by tornadoes… Read More ›
Canizaro Collection Now at MSU
Thanks to Steve Davis of CCD Architects for bringing this story from their website to our attention and for sharing these amazing photos from the CCD collection: Canizaro Cawthon Davis has donated their founding firms’ architectural papers to Mississippi State… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 11-28-2017
The year is almost over, hard to believe. No more time for turkey talk, let’s jump right in to one of the last Mississippi Preservation news roundups for 2017. I don’t usually lead with National news but this is an… Read More ›
Hill-Behan: A New Concept In Building Materials Merchandising
Today’s featured newspaper clipping notes the introduction a convenience we take for granted today. If you’ve ever been hot and sweaty working on a project and had the frustration of needing one more widget or sprocket to finish said project… Read More ›
Mississippi Builders: A.C. Samford Company
Today’s post sheds light on a construction company that was fairly active on the Coast during the 1920s and early 1930s. The projects the company was bidding on and constructing were and are landmarks in the communities of Gulfport and Biloxi…. Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 10-31-2017
I hope there are not any scary tricks today, but this has been a quiet preservation news week. Let’s jump right into this week’s roundup. The Natchez Democrat ran a story about the local Natchez places that have been included… Read More ›
48th Anniversary of Hurricane Camille
This August marks the 48th anniversary of Hurricane Camille. We mostly think of hurricanes having an impact on the coastline but they do indeed have a far reach. In the Clarion Ledger article below you can see reports from both… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 8-9-2017
Let’s jump right into this week’s roundup. Following up on the partial collapse of McComb’s downtown theater, MSNewsNow has reported that approximately 75% of the collapsed roof of the building was removed by July 31, with the remainder expected to… Read More ›