Northeast Miss. sites awarded $875,000 for preservation

From Daily Journal, wire reports

Four Northeast Mississippi sites will receive $875,000 for preservation and restorations projects, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has announced.

A $350,000 award to renovate the Chickasaw County courthouse in Houston is one of the two largest grants. It will fund interior renovations, primarily to the mechanical and electrical systems, as well as interior repairs to this National Register of Historic Places property.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History announced $3.78 million awards to 20 projects through its Community Heritage Preservation grant program. Grants range from $40,000 to $350,000.

The other three Northeast Mississippi sites to receive grants are:

- Corinth – Corinth Junior High School, $200,000 for exterior restoration, including masonry repair and window repair and replacement.

- Aberdeen – City Hall, $150,000 for exterior restoration, primarily masonry, window and door repair.

- New Albany – Union County courthouse, $175,000 for exteror and interior restoration including repair of the interior, roof and cupolo and restoration of the courtroom.

On national register

The sites in Aberdeen and New Albany also are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Other major projects include $300,000 for the Yalobusha County courthouse, $250,000 for the Round Island lighthouse in Pascagoula, $225,000 for the Noxubee County courthouse and $225,000 for Franklin Academy in Columbus.

Ten places selected are listed on the National Register.

The Department of Archives and History reported receiving 79 grant applications, and its board of trustees decided the grant recipients at a special meeting Dec. 5. The board tried to balance the geographic distribution of the awards, according to a spokesperson.

“We are delighted with the response to this important program, which will enable the preservation of some of the most significant historic buildings in the state,” said Elbert Hilliard, director of the department.

The Community Heritage Preservation grant program is in its third year and helps with the preservation and restoration of historic courthouses, schools and other historic properties.