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1913, Frank A. Colby. 102 Ellisville Blvd.

Sited in a landscaped corporate park, this elegant two-story Italian Renaissance-influenced office building stood adjacent to the lumber company’s mill operations (founded in the 1890s), but separated by a brick wall and iron fence. The central triple-arched loggia opened into stylish offices with decorative plaster ceilings based on Italian and English precedents. The American Lumberman magazine declared in October 1913 that the building represented “concrete evidence of a policy … to become and to remain a permanent and potent actor in [Laurel’s] material, moral and intellectual developing and upbuilding.” Nevertheless, once the pine forests dwindled, Eastman, Gardiner sold out to Green Lumber Company in 1937; the building has had several subsequent owners.

Writing Credits

Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller


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Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller, "EASTMAN, GARDINER AND COMPANY HEADQUARTERS", [Laurel, Mississippi], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Mississippi, Jennifer V. O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio. With Mary Warren Miller. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2021, 311-311.

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