A-frame buildings tend to stand out to me just because they are not too common around Mississippi, or anywhere else for that matter. The term A-frame comes from the shape of the structure, where the roof extends down steeply on… Read More ›
Although the railroad bed was not raised over Capitol Street and other east-west downtown streets until 1926, when the new Union Station was under construction, this little “what if” rendering in 1917 shows that city officials and probably many residents… Read More ›
Laurel’s El Patio Motor Court (1946) welcomed the increasing number of automobile tourists after World War II. The motor court’s Mission style evoked the Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts, the nation’s first motel chain, and unlike Mississippi’s two Alamos, the El Patio survives on Roadside Mississippi.
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).
Tour the world’s largest physical model on April 28 and then head down to Jefferson County to check out Prospect Hill’s fancy new roof and cleaned-up cemetery. Enjoy this Mississippi spring weather while it lasts!
From the MDAH website: Observatory Restoration Topic of Talk At noon on Wednesday, April 12, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, architect Robert Parker Adams will discuss the recently completed restoration of the James Observatory at Millsaps… Read More ›
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 ›
I pass the Rex Brown power station on Northside Drive in Jackson pretty regularly. It’s located on Lake Hico, which I just found out from this wikipedia article is the headwater for Eubanks Creek that winds through Fondren on its way to… Read More ›
As usual when Mississippi enters spring, the creative juices of Mississippians begin to flow and everyone is ready to get outside for interesting preservation events. Here are a few announcements that have shown up in my inbox over the past couple of… Read More ›
Last Wednesday’s post by Thomas Rosell on Apartments on Jackson’s North Street commented on builder Tom B. Scott, who is credited in the MDAH database with three buildings in Jackson, followed by the intriguing question “Does anyone know more about… Read More ›
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 ›
I developed an interest in several Jackson apartment buildings after reading a 1929 Manufacturers Record magazine with the following entry. Miss., Jackson — Tom B. Scott, Capitol Natl. Bk. Bldg and associates started work on 12 apartment group on North St. between Boyd… Read More ›
Today’s interior views come from the October 6, 1935 edition of the Clarion-Ledger, announcing the grand opening of the latest Piggly Wiggly, at 419 E. Capitol Street in downtown Jackson. Interestingly, by the 1937 City Directory, this location was no… Read More ›
I recently ran across this ad in the June 30, 1946 edition of the Clarion-Ledger. Attention! COLORED VETERANS –Here’s The Home Buy Of The Year! Pictured at left is just one of the twelve new homes that have just been… Read More ›
Back in December 2016, when the latest round of Community Heritage Preservation Grants was announced, you may have noticed, as I did, the largest grant on the list: Bailey School, Jackson, Hinds County—$370,000 For stabilization of the structure and restoration… Read More ›
As you read today’s post, the third in a four-part series celebrating Preservation in Mississippi’s 8th birthday, remember that this article, “Repair of and Changes in the Old Capitol,” was written by A.S. Coody in 1949. This section of the… Read More ›
Yesterday’s post began our special birthweek series, a partial reprint of A.S. Coody’s 1949 article “Repair of and Changes in the Old Capitol.” We cut him off in the middle of a long section called “The Movement for Restoration,” just after… Read More ›
The movement for a “restoration” of the old state house was begun in 1903. The proposal was that the building be restored to its original condition and used as an historic landmark, possibly by the Department of Archives and History. The reports of architects who examined the building were adverse, and it was accepted as true that the building was dangerous, and likely to collapse at any time.
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 ›