Senatobia High School

Senatobia High School was constructed in 1938, apparently as a project of the Works Progress Administration (National Register of Historic Places nomination form, John L. Hopkins, 1993).  The Art Moderne auditorium is located on the approximate original site of the Senatobia Female College (Hopkins).  Hopkins reported

…stylized bas-relief sculptures, facade sun dial, lighting fixtures, and other detailings all reveal the hand of an extremely talented designer, whose identity unfortunately is unknown.  Taken as a whole, this structure is among the finest Art Moderne designs surviving in the region.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic Resources Inventory identified the architect as Hull and Drummond, of Jackson, and the builder/construction company as Wessell Construction.  Additions, also in the Art Moderne style, were completed in 1959 and 1965 (MDAH, HRI).

The auditorium is 1.5-story with 1-story, three bay side wings, and constructed of reinforced concrete with brick and stone veneer (Hopkins).

…flat roofs behind parapet walls topped with metal coping…

 bays…separated by engaged pier-like pilasters…decorated with allegorical bas-relief sculptures and sun dial above glass block lights…

See the shadow line for the time?  I took the photograph at 1:10:43 p.m.  Pretty cool, huh?

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