Oddfellows Building gets state restoration award

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Charles Price said he feels downtown Hattiesburg’s renewal will rely heavily on lifestyle features such as arts and entertainment, urban living and dining. He tells The Hattiesburg American that’s why he bought the Oddfellows Building and renovated it as an art gallery and event space.

For that work, the Mississippi Heritage Trust recently awarded Price and his wife, Anita Price, the 2012 Heritage Award of Excellence for Restoration/Rehabilitation. It’s Mississippi’s highest award for the restoration or rehabilitation of a historic structure.

The neoclassical building was a lodge for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows from 1907 until 1987. It had been vacant for decades when the Prices bought it in 2008.

The couple also bought and restored apartments on the same street.