Home Town: History in the Making
Erin and Ben Napier have their work cut out for them renovating a classic but dilapidated home built in 1900 for an architectural designer and his soon-to-be wife moving back to Mississippi from New York City.
The Beard House. This historic home was built in 1900 and was the residence of Luther Beard and his wife Hester. Mr. Beard was proprietor of a downtown department store in the early 1900s. The house comes with four bedrooms, two baths and is 1700 square feet. The property had been vacant for some time and was badly overgrown and in need of serious repairs, but the asking price was $68,000.
"This is one of those [houses] that, in our neighborhood, people have wanted to see saved for years," says Ben. "If we have the opportunity to save this house," Erin adds, "it has to happen."
The Beard House is now the Holloway House. The house came with some distinctive architectural features that appealed to the clients — like a covered front balcony, decorative brackets beneath the eaves, porch columns and shake shingles. The exterior renovation included a new roof, fresh cedar shakes, new porch railing and stone walkway.