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A New Comprehensive Guide to the Architecture and Landscape of Mississippi
Developed by the Society of Architectural Historians

Buildings of Mississippi is a print volume devoted to the architecture and landscapes of the Magnolia state; it documents the state’s buildings, landscapes, cities, and towns from the Mississippi Delta to the northern hills and the Gulf Coast to show the richness and diversity of its heritage and culture. From Jackson to Meridian, Natchez, Hattiesburg, and Gulfport, and all the places in between, Buildings of Mississippi is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date guide to the architecture of Mississippi and to the work of the state’s architects.

Buildings of Mississippi will become the 26th book in Buildings of the United States (BUS), a project of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), developed to document the rich architecture and landscape of the country, state by state. Preservation magazine has called the BUS series “A Marvelous Harvest” which “book by book is painting the nation’s architectural portrait.”

The authors of Buildings of Mississippi are Jennifer V. O. Baughn, architectural historian for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH), and Professor Michael Fazio, Mississippi State University Department of Architecture. Buildings of Mississippi will be published in fall 2020 by SAH’s publishing partner University of Virginia Press.

The Book
With more than 500 building entries, 250 illustrations, and 30 maps, Buildings of Mississippi showcases the fascinating array of high-style, vernacular, ethnic, and modern buildings that tell the state’s story from prehistory to the wealthy antebellum years, through the Civil War, Reconstruction, urban growth, the civil rights movement, the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, to the present day. Building types and styles included range
from log cabins to houses and mansions, stunning civic buildings such as the Mississippi State Capitol, magnificent skyscrapers, innovative educational structures like Columbia High School, museums old and new, civil rights sites including the Medgar Evers Home Museum and rural icons like the Neshoba County Fairgrounds.

Along the way, the book highlights buildings that showcase Mississippi’s contributions to literature (Eudora Welty’s house and William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak), music (Delta Blues Museum and Elvis Presley), the arts (OhrO’Keefe and Walter Anderson museums), entertainment (casinos and clubs), and gardens and parks (Crosby Arboretum and Tishomingo State Park).

Buildings of Mississippi Audience
Far from being a simple catalogue of structures, Buildings of Mississippi is a scholarly compilation and will be an invaluable reference for scholars and students, as well as an engaging and thoughtful travel guide that will encourage civic pride and heritage tourism by residents and the general public alike. BUS Mississippi will inform Mississippi citizens as well as broader audiences of the scope, beauty and historic significance of Mississippi
architecture, its history and cultural heritage through its built environment. 

Buildings of Mississippi will be distributed and available throughout the state, in university and public libraries, in bookstores, museum stores and other cultural, civic and tourism venues. It also will be available worldwide on Amazon, as all of the previous BUS books have been. The publisher will develop
marketing and media plans for the book ensuring it has wide audience distribution and media attention. 

Digital Publication: SAH Archipedia and Buildings of Mississippi
Once the print volume has been published, the entire contents of the book will be published into SAH Archipedia, SAH’s media-rich digital encyclopedia of American architecture, available to anyone who has access to an internet connection and a computer, tablet or mobile phone. SAH and UVAP recently made SAH Archipedia completely open access, greatly expanding the audience for the material to educators, students and the public. A
small portion of sites in BUS Mississippi have recently been published onto Archipedia; you can see an example of a building essay at: Scholars, educators and students in humanities, social studies, history of art and architecture, preservation, archaeology, geography, and building and design professionals, as well as those with an interest in the built environment use SAH Archipedia
for research.

SAH recruits educators to develop teaching resources and lesson plans that align with education standards, specifically designed for K-12 teachers that utilize the digital content and metadata of SAH Archipedia. Lesson plans for Mississippi, developed by Charles M. Yarborough, 2011 Mississippi Historical Society History Teacher of the Year, highlight architecture in the context of the Civil Rights movement.

About SAH and Buildings of the United States
Founded at Harvard in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an Illinois-based 501 c 3 nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary
life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs. Learn more about SAH programs at

Buildings of the United States is a multi-year project of SAH. Until SAH published its first BUS volume in 1993, the United States had been one of the few countries in the developed world without a comprehensive series of publications addressing its national architectural heritage. Taking its cue from Buildings of England by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Buildings of the United States has begun to fill this void by documenting, state-by-state, the infinite variety and history of American architecture from pre-settlement days to the present. 

Buildings of Arkansas is pictured at right. Visit the SAH website for additional versions in print and anticipated.