Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lost architecture, Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg was once a city of many churches. But we have lost many of these elegant wood frame houses of worship over the last decade. The example below was located at 1205 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., next to a brick commercial building occupied by Gore's Hardware Store and near the intersection with Main Street.

I do not remember the full story of why the church was dismantled, but I recall some sort of mistake was made in issuing a permit to the property owner. The building dated from the late 1800s and was not supposed to be torn down.

Notice the building's simple but classic symmetry, with a steeple in the center and even rows of windows on all sides. In an earlier era, the windows allowed maximum air flow on hot summer Sundays.

MLK Blvd. still has some historic architecture, such as the old filling station and warehouse.

The filling station has become Mamma's Super Burgers. Great logo: "You bite the meat before the bun."

I will post more photographs from MLK Bl;vd. and more churches in the future.

2 comments:

  1. Do you know if there were any graves on the church property?

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