In July of 1945, the Hattiesburg J.C. Penney store at 122-126 W Pine Street suffered a significant fire. This provided an opportunity for the company’s branding efforts to be put to use with a complete rebuilding of the store. Sixteen… Read More ›
Today’s Mississippi Streets image of Newman Street, in Hattiesburg’s railroad district, comes courtesy of MissPres reader Thomas Gentry, whose grandfather’s business, Burkett Sheet Metal Works was located on the right (one-story building with the sign painted on the front). Thanks… Read More ›
New Orleans architect Rathbone DeBuys has been mentioned many times over the years here on MissPres, but recently I was surprised to see we have never had a feature post dedicated to his work in Mississippi. This was something I had not discovered until I found… Read More ›
A while back, I was reading a well-done, glossy history of Hattiesburg’s early neighborhoods, Historic Hattiesburg: History & Architecture of Hattiesburg’s First Neighborhoods (Department of Planning & Community Development, Neighborhood Development Division, City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. n.d.), and I noticed a sidebar about Hattiesburg’s… Read More ›
MissPres will be celebrating its seventh anniversary during 2016. To acknowledge this achievement we will be looking back at some of our earlier posts while sharing thoughts and any developments that have occurred since the post originally debuted. Today’s post is on a… Read More ›
A couple of weeks ago, the post “Brick Bungalows and Plan Books” showed how house builders, using plan books and newspaper advertisements, sold the Craftsman style and more generally the bungalow’s “modern” open plan to middle-class buyers. Today and next week… Read More ›
One of the things I love about the Craftsman style is how middle-class and democratic it was. You could build an amazing Greene & Greene house in California, if you had the money, but if you weren’t the owner of… Read More ›
Looking back at Hanukkahs past, before looking forward…. Hanukkah 2014 and Chris Risher’s beautiful temple both celebrated the Temple Beth Israel in Meridian. For Hanukkah in 2012 we looked at not only some of the historic sacred places across the state, but also at buildings… Read More ›
Rainy weather last weekend cast a pallor that hung over Hattiesburg and provided a mood to match the endangered condition of several of that fair city’s landmark structures. Easton School having been victim of years of neglect by the City of Hattiesburg is… Read More ›
Click here to view the most up-to-date MissPres Collection of Mississippi Preservation Guidelines. Any Mississippi town with a historic preservation commission that oversees a local historic district very likely has a set of design guidelines. These guidelines offer general design and technical recommendations… Read More ›
MissPres is on vacation this week, but we’re sending postcards back from Mississippi’s past.
Listen Up! Historic Preservation Conference April 22-23, 2015 Oddfellows Gallery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi Hosted by the Mississippi Heritage Trust In many ways, preservation projects are like a puzzle. You need to find the right fit of purpose, financing, incentives and talent…. Read More ›
Recently I acquired Morris Lapidus: The Architecture of Joy, with no inkling of a Mississippi, but found out that we may have some of this nationally famous architect’s work here in the Magnolia State.
If you haven’t read last week’s post on Gasometers, this post follows up on that discussion of the hulking, black, iron lungs that eased up and down at all hours of the day and night, depending on gas demand (for lighting, heating & cooking) and the manufacturer’s supply. We pondered what towns had gas works and the mysterious gasometers that were required to store the manufactured gas.
This post is the sixth in a series reprinting the Mississippi Pilgrimage booklet of 1974. See also Natchez Holly Springs Columbus Woodville