Modern Architecture Tour April 26
Jackson became the hub of modernist architecture in the state when its population exploded after World War II. Join MDAH architectural historians for the Modern Architecture Bus Tour on Friday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and learn about some of these modern landmarks and the architects who designed them.
“Modernism began in Mississippi in the 1930s with the groundbreaking work of Overstreet & Town, but this tour focuses on post–WWII Modernism,” said MDAH chief architectural historian Jennifer Baughn. “Some of our best Modernist works are private houses and churches, and this tour will allow participants to see these really special spaces.”
The tour will begin at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North Street. After a brief introduction by Baughn, participants will board the bus to explore the city. Sites will include the Fondren commercial district, Woodland Hills, Medgar Evers’ postwar subdivision, and Eastover.
Medgar Evers’ neighborhood is the first known African American subdivision in Mississippi owned and built by African American real estate developers. It appealed to the growing African American professional and middle class and offered amenities similar to ones drawing many middle-class whites to new modern subdivisions.
Modernism as an architectural style attempted to use modern materials without covering them with the ornamental details common in traditional architecture. Modernist architects used concrete, steel, and glass to create buildings that emphasize light-filled spaces, and participants on the tour will go inside several religious and residential buildings that illustrate those spatial qualities, including Thomas Biggs’ St. Richard Catholic Church, the Wiener House in Woodland Hills (credit brenno lucca at dh online), the W.W. Easley-designed Falk House in Eastover, and the James Canizaro-designed Farish Street Baptist Church.
Tour cost is $40 and includes lunch will be at Brent’s Drugs in Jackson’s first suburban shopping center. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 601-576-6940. Special note for Certified Local Government Communities: this event does count for the annual CLG training requirement.
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