By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – City officials on Tuesday authorized solicitation for bids to begin restoration work on the historic Verandah House, a Corinth-owned National Historic Landmark.
About $500,000 is available to perform the work, said Dave Huwe, director of community development and planning. The amount includes grants, fundraising and a city match that includes in-kind services.
Based on specifications developed by Oxford architect Tom Howorth, the first phase of work will include shoring up the foundation, the porch and columns that support the roof.
Bids for this work must be received quickly to meet deadlines for funding from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Huwe said.
Built in 1857 by city co-founder Hamilton Mask, the Verandah House was used as headquarters by both Confederate and Union generals during the 1862 Siege and Battle of Corinth.
With its Greek Revival architecture the house is included on the register of National Historic Landmarks.
In 2009, the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission engaged Howorth to conduct an in-depth assessment of the building – its structural needs, historic restoration and a master plan to accomplish it all. This first phase of restoration is an important step, but much more work needs to be done and much more money will be required to accomplish it.