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 ›
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 ›
Six properties added to National Register
Two apartment complexes, a bowling alley, an ice factory, a community house, and a historic residence have been added to the National Register of Historic Places on the recommendation of the Mississippi National Register Review Board.
Certified Local Government (CLG) Programs in Mississippi
Historic preservation in Mississippi began in the prehistoric era with the continual care of ceremonial mounds by native Mississippians. Contemporary preservation is still best seen through stewardship of the historic environment by individuals and the public sector. (Michelle Jones, Historic Preservation, Mississippi… Read More ›
HABS in Mississippi: Concord Quarters, Natchez
Concord Quarters was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January, and I believe this is the first individually listed slave quarters building (apart from a main house) in Mississippi. That’s fitting, since Concord, the c.1790 home of… Read More ›
Seven Mississippi Places Added to National Register
A multi-family antebellum slave dwelling in Natchez, an African American school and church, two residences, a farm, and a bus station have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
National Register Listings, 2018
Last year saw seven new Mississippi places listed on the National Register, ranging from an African American public library to a post-World War II Jewish temple, two architecturally significant houses, and a church in Neshoba County that may or may not be nationally significant.
In Memoriam: William Murtagh, First “Keeper of the National Register”
An October 30 obituary in the Washington Post remembers William Murtagh, preservationist, architectural historian, author of Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America, and the first person to hold one of the coolest titles in the federal government, Keeper… 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 ›
Did N. W. Overstreet ever live in the N. W. Oversteet house?
Several years ago, Malvaney posted some pictures of the beautiful house at 831 Gillespie Street in Jackson. According to the Belhaven Historic District National Register nomination the house was built c.1916 for Overstreet as his personal residence. The National Register nomination… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 5-29-2018
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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 ›
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 ›
Mississippi’s National Historic Engineering Landmark
Malvaney’s post at the end of March about the Historic American Engineering Record(HAER) drawings made me think about one of my favorite trivia questions. What is Mississippi’s one National Historic Engineering Landmark?
Mississippi’s Best Buildings of 1972
This post is a follow up to a post from a few weeks back that stimulated quite a bit of conversation about appreciation of architecture from the late 1960s and early 1970s that are now reaching the golden fifty-year mark that buildings can be considered for listing on the National Register. The buildings in today’s post are less than five years from reaching their fiftieth birthday.
Economic Hardship and Historic Preservation in Mississippi: An Overview and Case Study in Columbus
Near the end of January, I reported in my News Roundup about the potential demolition of the Lipscomb House at 223 6th Street, North in Columbs. The Lipscomb estate, represented by attorney David Sanders, is currently attempting to use an… Read More ›
New National Register Listings in Mississippi
From the MDAH website (with added Google streetviews for each building so you can explore): Four Buildings Added to National Register – posted February 05, 2018 A historic African American library, a Jewish synagogue, and two Jackson elementary schools have been listed… Read More ›
1970s Architecture and the Future of Historic Preservation in Mississippi
Three weeks ago, Thomas Rosell’s post “Mississippi’s Best Buildings of 1974” stirred up a substantial amount of conversation on local Mississippi examples of 1970s era architecture. It is eye-opening to many historic preservationists that buildings from this decade will be… 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 ›
Historic Preservation Tax Credit to be Retained
Last Friday evening, the two houses of Congress arrived at a reconciled tax reform bill, and the bill will retain the twenty percent Historic Tax Credit. According to Preservation Action’s Facebook page… 20% HISTORIC TAX CREDIT RETAINED IN TAX REFORM!… 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 ›
MissPres News Roundup 11-14-2017
Let’s jump right into this week’s roundup. In Jackson we have a couple of stories. The Mt. Olive Cemetery on Lynch Street, a resting place of former slaves, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can… Read More ›
MissPres News Roundup 11-7-2017
Stories this week come from Vicksburg, Meridian, Ellisville, and Philadelphia. The big local story this week might be the listing for sale of the Presbyterian Church in Rodney. If you haven’t heard about this yet, be sure the check out yesterday’s post. The big national news this week is the loss of the federal preservation tax credits.
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 ›
MissPres News Roundup 10-24-2017
Let’s jump right into this week’s roundup. A roundup that contains lots of stories from Jackson. Starting in Jackson‘s Belhaven Neighborhood, over the years, First Presbyterian Church on N. State Street has been buying homes adjacent to the church property. … Read More ›