Let’s jump right into this week’s roundup. History professor Andrew Kahrl tracks racial discrimination through the tax assessor’s office. This article provides interesting insight concerning race and property ownership and cites several Mississippi examples in Edwards and Waveland. It also touches… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 6-28-2017
What happened to June? It’s hard to believe it’s almost over but let’s jump right into this week’s roundup. From Meridian two stories this week. The first is regarding preservation grant funds. According to the Meridian Star: The Charles L…. Read More ›
Beauvoir damaged in TS Cindy tornado
Beauvoir in Biloxi is reporting significant damage to the 52-acre grounds from a tornado spawned as Tropical Storm Cindy’s rain bands came ashore Wednesday morning, according to an article on newsms.fm. Thankfully, the house itself, built in the 1850s, and… Read More ›
Mississippi’s Very Own Sanborn Man: Owen T. Palmer
As I was searching through the various digital newspaper collections for references to the Sanborn Map Company for yesterday’s post “Who Were Those Sanborn Men?“, I ran across a 1945 article in the Daily Herald about the presentation of a certificate… Read More ›
Who Were Those Sanborn Men?
In case you didn’t catch it, Thomas Rosell noted at the end of yesterday’s news roundup that the Library of Congress is gradually publishing its digitized collection of the full-color Sanborn Insurance Maps. Currently, Mississippi only has three sets: Pascagoula for… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 5-16-2017
Whew! We’ve got quite the round up this week. Let’s start this week’s roundup with the big news from…
MissPres News Roundup 5-9-2017
Let’s start this week’s roundup big news of the National Historic Landmark plaque dedication ceremony at the New Capitol.
MissPres News Roundup 4-25-2017
Let’s jump right on in to this week’s roundup. In Neshoba County, near Philadelphia, the Mt. Zion Methodist Church is in the process of being nominated for National Register of Historic Places. Mt. Zion Church was burned by the Ku Klux Klan… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 4-18-2017
From Mary Holmes College to Gulfport Library, from fences at Greenwood Cemetery to the roof of the old Greenville Depot, from Natchez to Jackson to Tupelo and points in between, here’s all the Mississippi preservation news that’s fit to print (virtually, on the internets).
MissPres Architectural Word of the Week: Penciled
Recently I saw some neat pictures of the Old Brick House (built c.1850) in Biloxi. That gave me the idea for this week’s MissPres Architectural Word of the Week: Penciled. The Old Brick House sits facing Biloxi’s Back Bay, so folks maybe… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 3-6-2017
We missed our round-up last week, and I feel a little behind on the preservation goings on in Mississippi but let’s jump right in to this week’s roundup. Over the next few weeks all across the state, the Mississippi Department of… Read More ›
Building Types: Carnival Den
When looking at architectural history it is important to consider building types in addition to architectural styles. One such building that might not carry much architectural merit is the humble Carnival Den. But this lowly structure is the bringer of much… Read More ›
Architectural Word(s) of the Week: Brick Face Names
This is sort of a word of the week post. Below is a chart that defines the name of different faces that a brick can be laid. Having this handy chart will help decipher today’s post. A while back I… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 1-23-2017
The leading news story this week is the deadly tornado that struck Hattiesburg & Petal Saturday night. The areas worst hit appear to be in south Hattiesburg around the campus of William Carey University, Edwards Street, and in Petal along… Read More ›
Veterans Day 2016
Today we honor all Mississippians who have served, here or abroad, in wars hot or cold.
Going Inside: Cathedral of the Nativity, Biloxi
I came across this postcard showing the inside of what is now known as the Cathedral of the Nativity in downtown Biloxi and realized I had taken a picture of almost the same view a couple of years ago to… Read More ›
Mississippi by Air: Biloxi’s Working Waterfront
I don’t know a date on this card, and I hope some Biloxi historians will voice their opinions, but it looks like it could pre-date the 1947 hurricane. Compare to the similar, but very different, pre-Camille and pre-Katrina views.
Happy 160th Birthday, Louis Sullivan!
To commemorate the 160th anniversary of Louis Sullivan’s birth (which I foolishly missed on September 3rd) I’d like to pull from the archives a newspaper clipping regarding his most noted apprentice Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a guest… Read More ›
Missing the Golden Fisherman, a Tale of Katrina and Incompetent Salvagers
There once was a Golden Fisherman who lived in downtown Biloxi, Mississippi, which at the time he was born, 1977, was non-ironically called “The Vieux Marche” (pronounced “The View Mar-SHAY”). . .
An Ill Wind Brings New Rules: What Hurricane Camille Changed
As a way of commemorating the 47th anniversary of Hurricane Camille this week, let’s look back at two structures that are prominent features of the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s skyline. While it is apparent that disaster shapes our physical environment in what is lost, as… Read More ›
Mississippi by Air: Edgewater Shopping Plaza and Hotel
Remember last week’s postcard showing the Edgewater Hotel’s scenic, wooded beachfront, complete with bridle paths for long horse rides? What happened? Progress, that’s what. This undated postcard, showing the short-lived coexistence of the Edgewater Hotel and the Edgewater Shopping Plaza,… Read More ›
Mississippi by Air: Edgewater Gulf Hotel, the Glory Years
Take a good, long look at this week’s aerial postcard, read Thomas Barnes’ post “The Edgewater Gulf Hotel, Queen of the Coast,” and be sure to check back in next Friday to see this same aerial view from a different… Read More ›
Mississippi Streets: 1930s Biloxi
Same view April 2013, courtesy Google Streetview. See other Mississippi Streets: 1920s Yazoo City 1910s Vicksburg 1950s New Albany 1960s Meridian 1930s Camp Shelby 1950s Pascagoula 1960s Neshoba County Fair Drew 1937 Tupelo 1936 Vicksburg 1936 1940s Gulfport 1940s Columbus… Read More ›
Historic East Howard Avenue Walking Tour Report
Today’s post is brought to you by a guest author, Jeff Rosenberg of Biloxi. Jeff was a preservation specialist in the MDAH Gulf Coast Office from 2006 until 2014 and now works as a consultant and has become a historic home… Read More ›
Going Inside: Sun-n-Sand Hotel, Biloxi
The Sun-n-Sand had a beach side and a land side, as seen in this 1960s postcard. Maybe Tom Barnes can tell us more about this long-gone motel and what happened to the marble mosaic imported from Italy.
MDAH Awards CLG Grants for 2016
Certified Local Government grants for 2016 include Biloxi, Booneville, Como, Jackson, Leland, Natchez, Starkville, and Tupelo.
Mail Order Mississippi: Geo F. Barber Design E-25 / No. 781
We’ve previously had a brief introduction to architect George F. Barber here on MissPres. Barber, who lived in Knoxville, TN from 1888 until his death in 1915, did a significant mail order plan business across the United States. The Knox County… Read More ›