Auburn, one of 18 sites chosen by MDAH to receive a conservation grant – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

NATCHEZ – Natchez’s historic auburn mansion at 400 Duncan Avenue has been awarded $234,192 from the Community Heritage Preservation Grant program that includes 17 other conservation and restoration projects in the state.

Completed in 1812, Auburn is a Greek Revival mansion designed by architect Levi Weeks and credited with influencing the facade of other Natchez homes in the years leading up to the Civil War. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, a Mississippi Landmark in 1984, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The grant funds are intended to be used for the restoration of the portico columns, Billiard Hall and Duncan Pavilion.

At its regular meeting Friday, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees awarded more than $3 million on behalf of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program to 18 different projects in the state, including Auburn.

The Community Heritage Preservation Grant program, authorized and funded by the Mississippi Legislature, helps preserve and restore historic courthouses and schools in certified local government communities and other historic properties.

“The legislature has saved hundreds of important properties in Mississippi through this program,” said MDAH Director Katie Blount. “The Department of Archives and History is grateful for the legislature’s support and is pleased to help preserve these local treasures.”

Grant awards are made on a repayable basis upon successful completion of the entire project or upon completion of predefined project phases.

All award-winning buildings must be designated as Mississippi Landmarks to be eligible. Only state or municipal governments, school districts, and nonprofit organizations that have been granted Section 501(c)(3) tax exemption by the Internal Revenue Service may submit applications.

The other scholarships to be awarded on Friday are as follows:

—Alcorn County Courthouse, Corinth, Alcorn County, awarded $150,000 for courtroom and interior restoration

–Carrollton Water Tower, Carrollton, Carroll County, received $47,784 to repaint

–Chickasaw County Courthouse, Houston, Chickasaw County, received $214,690 for window replacement

–Saenger Theater, Hattiesburg, Forrest County, received $250,000 for interior restoration

–Holmes County Courthouse, Lexington, Holmes County, received $276,630 for second-floor courtroom restoration and masonry re-placement

–Fulton Grammar School, Fulton, Itawamba County, received $93,860 for roof repairs

– Jefferson Davis County Courthouse, Prentiss, Jefferson Davis County, received $220,800 for roof repairs

– Madison County Jail (Old), Canton, Madison, received $54,456 for roof and interior repairs

– Columbia Waterworks, Columbia, Marion County, received $274,027 for ADA toilets, HVAC and electrical installation and interior paint

— Booker T. Washington School, Philadelphia, Neshoba County, received $115,200 for gym and grandstand repairs

–Noxubee County Library, Macon, Noxubee County, received $80,000 for roof restoration, masonry and plaster repairs

– McCormick Administration Building, Senatobia, Tate County, received $264,000 for exterior and window restoration and masonry repairs

—Bowmar Elementary School, Vicksburg, Warren County, received $245,395 for exterior repairs

–Warren County Courthouse, Vicksburg, Warren County, awarded $100,000 for overall drainage repairs and masonry wall stabilization

– Edna M. Scott Elementary, Leland, Washington County, received $167,920 for exterior repairs and masonry wall stabilization

–Wilkinson County Courthouse, Woodville, Wilkinson County, received $168,000 for clock tower stabilization

– Yalobusha County Courthouse, Water Valley, Yalobusha County, received $191,275 for window restoration

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