Spengler’s Corner

State Street

Part of the Spengler’s Corner Historic District in downtown Jackson, these three buildings occupy mid-block in the 100 block of North State street.

…prominently sited grouping of twelve late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century brick commercial buildings…(Jack A. Gold, 1979, National Register of Historic Places nomination form)

From left to right, the buildings are described by Gold in the nomination form:

107, c. 1890, High Victorian Italianate: dentiled metal roof cornice; segmental-arch metal window cornices decorated with anthemia and floral medallions; circular ventilators above windows

In comparing the current appearance of the building with the c. 1930s photographs and the 1979 photographs in the nomination form (click on the link above to the nomination form, which takes you to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and select the link to Spengler’s Corner Historic District to view the photographs), the iron balcony attached below the upper story windows was not present.  The lower windows had been bricked in, and the metal cornice was still in place.

109, c. 1885, High Victorian Italianate, with Art Deco facade renovation c. 1935: fenestration articulated by flat, paired, pilaster strips and two raised panels with floral relief pattern; storefront intact with diamond-pattern sash in transom

The 1930s photograph and the 1979 photograph showed this building with a metal awning that projected over the sidewalk, below the transom, where the wooden pent roof is now located.  The metal overhang above the transom did not appear in either 1930s or 1979 photographs.

111, c. 1895, Eclectic Revival: stamped-metal roof cornice with garlanded frieze topped by a curved-end parapet

The upper story windows had been replaced with metal casement windows by 1979.  Gold indicated the oriel window and semi-Palladian window were scheduled to be returned to the original design.  Photographs show modifications, in that the replaced Palladian differs slightly from the original in size, and the original oriel window had the same decorative garland above the windows.

Next, we’ll mosey on down the rest of the block and see how it fared since the 1930s, and the decline that affected downtown Jackson and was evident in Gold’s 1979 photographs.

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2 Responses to Spengler’s Corner

  1. Susan Lentz says:

    I have never seen this! Will look for it on my next trip to Jackson – beautiful.

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