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A Bright New Future for the Charnley-Norwood House
The Charnley-Norwood House Strategic Planning Symposium June 28 concluded with a dinner on the grounds of the recently restored house on East Beach in Ocean Springs. (Photo by Susan Ruddiman/Mississippi Heritage Trust)
The Mississippi Heritage Trust partnered with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) June 27-28 to get the plans rolling for the future of the Charnley-Norwood House in Ocean Springs.
Experts from around the country, as well as the agencies listed as stakeholders for the house, exchanged ideas on how best to manage the property now that its restoration is near completion. In addition, the symposium allowed them to celebrate the meticulous restoration work of the building, according to Lolly Barnes, executive director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust.
The home on East Beach Drive was designed in 1890 by renowned architect Louis Sullivan of Chicago, the father of the skyscraper, and his young draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright. This nationally significant property illustrates how these two men revolutionized American residential architecture by “inviting the outdoors to come indoors,” according to Ken P’Pool, MDAH deputy state historic preservation officer. The house contains the nexus of ideas that would reshape American residential architecture in the 20th century.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the Charnley-Norwood home.
Emergency stabilization work was carried out on the house under the direction of MDAH, and then the interior was restored with the aid of funds from the Mississippi Hurricane Relief Grant for Historic Preservation. The ownership of the house changed hands from a private family to a public entity, thus there are now a number of groups with an interest in the property.
The stakeholders attending the Charnley-Norwood House Strategic Planning Symposium June 28 were the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources; the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Arts and Design; city of Ocean Springs; the National Park Service; Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust; Mississippi Heritage Trust; and MDAH. The symposium was at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education in Ocean Springs.
The day before, the group had the opportunity to tour the Charnley-Norwood House, which was followed with a “Welcome to Ocean Springs” dinner at Fort Maurepas Park on Front Beach.
The four expert panel members were Donna Ann Harris, an expert on managing house museums, who acted as the primary consultant; Emily T. Cooperman with ARCH Historic Preservation Consulting; John G. Thorpe with John Garrett Thorpe and Associates Architects; and Kenneth C. Turino, manager of Community Engagement & Exhibitions, Historic New England.
“This was an exciting opportunity to bring together both state and local organizations who are interested in collaborating on the future of this nationally significant site,” P’Pool said. “We were very fortunate to tap the expertise of these highly respected authorities to advise us on viable opportunities for educational and heritage-tourism uses of the Charnley-Norwood House.”
After spending the morning visiting in round-table discussions, the expert panel members presented their recommendations at 4 p.m. in the auditorium at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center.
Though there were no concrete decisions made on how the house will be utilized and funded, it was clear Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Arts and Design is interested in its use, as well as the city of Ocean Springs.
P’Pool will receive the panel’s final written report within the next three weeks, Harris said.
“We are just at the beginning of our journey now,” she said. “We are trying to get this off the ground, and want to see some good partnerships formed to make it happen.”
From his years of experience in pulling together projects state-wide, P’Pool said the opening of the Charnley-Norwood House to the public won’t happen overnight.
“No one partner has the ability to make the project work by himself. It takes everybody pulling together and everybody picking out a little piece he can deal with - and pulling his resources and efforts - to be able to turn this into something really important for our state,” he said. “I am convinced that is what will happen with this property.”
The Charnley-Norwood House is in a bungalow style built in a T-shape. The west bedroom shows how the generous window seats and windows bring in natural light which emphasizes the unique curly pine walls and ceiling. (Photo by Susan Ruddiman/Mississippi Heritage Trust)
MHT Holds Annual
Retiring board member Sarah McCullough
and Director Emeritus of the Mississippi Department
of Atchives and History Elbert Hilliard
The Mississippi Heritage Trust held its annual membership meeting on Friday, May 17, in Jackson. Members stopped by the Lowry House to see the tremendous progress that has been made with the restoration. Board member Brad Tisdale and project architect Jeff Hellings with Canizaro, Cawthon and Davis talked about the completed exterior restoration and upcoming interior restoration work, funded by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Community Heritage Preservation Grant program.
After vistitng the Lowry House, Bridgette Edwards and the volunteer docents at the Eudora Welty House welcomed members for a tour of the house and the new exhibit, The Murder of Medgar Evers and “Where is the Voice Coming From?”.
Following the tour, the annual membership meeting was held in the garden of the Welty House. While nibbiling on Eudora's White Fruit Cake, members from around the state had a brief business meeting and a long visit on preservation issues facing their communities.
Board members Melody Light and David Hoard enjoy the
roses in the garden of the Eudora Welty House.
2012 Heritage Award Winner - Meridian City Hall
2012 Heritage Awards
awards were given out to outstanding preservation projects from across
Mississippi at the 2012 Heritage Awards. These incredible projects ranged from restoration and rehabilitation of railroad depots, city halls, a courthouse, houses, commercial buildings, to the conversion of a historic high school in Pascagoula into senior housing. In addition special awards were presented for African American preservation, historic district preservation. The most prestigious Lifetime Achievement was given to Sam Kaye of Columbus. These projects and leaders in preservation represent a commitment to the preservation of Mississippi’s history and desire to save and reuse important landmarks of the past. All demonstrate commitment, leadership and
achievement worthy of statewide recognition.
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of the award winning projects
Power of Preservation
in Economic Development
The Mississippi Main Street Association, Mississippi Heritage Trust, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History joined together to present the 2012 conference focused on preservation as an economic development tool. The conference featured keynote speaker Donovan Rypkema of Place Economics in Washington D.C who is nationally known for his work in using historic preservation as an economic development tool. Other speakers included Randy Hemann from Downtown Salisbury, Inc., John Hildreth from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and representatives from the Mississippi Press Association, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi State University, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Select presentations from the conference are available for download.
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presentations click here
Lowry House with restored windows
Lowry House Exterior Finished
Work on the exterior restoration of the Lowry House is complete! Since the late summer of 2011 we have been working on the house and the work concluded in the late summer of 2012. The work to the exterior of the house included: the restoration of the doors and windows to working condition, repair and painting of the siding, installation of a new roof, repairs to the porches, and installation of a glass wall enclosing the rear porch. The contractor on the job was Historic Renovations of Yazoo and was partially funded by a Community Heritage Preservation Grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Another exciting announcement regarding the Lowry House is that MHT has been approved for a Community Heritage Grant for the rehabilitation of the interior.
MHT has been working hard to save the former home of Mississippi Governor Robert Lowry (1882-1890) located in Jackson since it was placed on the 10 Most Endangered list in 2005. The house can be documented to the 1870s and is one of Jackson’s few remaining raised cottages with Greek Revival and Italiante details. MHT moved the house in 2007 to save it and has been working on plans for its rehabilitation since then. MHT plans to use the building for its new headquarters and open a Preservation Resource Center in the building where people can come learn more about the tools to preserve historic buildings.
To find out more information about the
Lowry House project click here.
Saving Mississippi's Historic Places
After Hurricane Katrina
House on Beach Boulevard in Biloxi after Katrina and
after restoration work was completed through a grant
from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Hurricane Katrina slammed into the coast of Mississippi in 2005, destroying many beloved historic landmarks. Thanks to the efforts of preservation organizations, volunteers from across the county, and the dedication of the coast residents, many of the historic places remaining after Katrina have been saved and are once again cherished historic places.
After seeing the incredible damage first hand after Katrina the Mississippi Heritage Trust changed its work plan to focus on saving as many of the historic structures left as possible. MHT worked on damage assessment, volunteer coordination, raising funds for stabilization and other recovery work, media relations, and lobbying for grant funding.
The Mississippi Heritage Trust is proud to have been a part of the recovery after Katrina and greatly appreciates the incredible efforts of the historic property owners who persevered through numerous obstacles to save a small part of the coastal heritage of Mississippi for the future.
To learn more about the efforts
of the Mississippi Heritage Trust
after Katrina click here.
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