Location Information
(for the "Grasslawn")
Name:"Grasslawn" [Dr. Hiram A. Roberts House, Joseph William Milner House]
Address:720 Beach Boulevard
City/County:Gulfport, Harrison County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1836
Architectural Styles(s):Greek Revival
No. of Stories:2
Destroyed:Aug. 29, 2005 (Hurricane Katrina)
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:31 Jul 1972
Date Delisted:16 Jul 2008
Mississippi Landmark Information
Designated:05-20-1986
Recorded:06-10-1986
Book/Vol. No.:V. 1043, p. 149
Context/Comments
A two-story wood-frame Greek Revival house with galleries on both stories that extend across the east and west ends of the building as well as the south facade. The galleries were supported by a colonnade of box columns. The house was built for Dr. Hiram Alexander Roberts, surgeon and planter. From 1904-1950, it was the home of Joseph William Milner, who achieved major public improvements for Gulfport during his lengthy mayoralty. House was converted to a public use in the latter half of the 20th century, owned by the City and used for both private and public events. This building was awarded an HPF grant of $20,000 in 1977. It was destroyed completely by Hurricane Katrina on 29 August 2005. [HABS: MS-168 (1978)]