Location Information
(for the Eaton 3rd Ward School)
Name:Eaton (3rd Ward) School
Address:1105 McInnis Avenue
City/County:Hattiesburg, Forrest County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1905
Architectural Styles(s):Romanesque
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:16 Jul 2008
View National Register Nomination Form
Mississippi Landmark Information
Book/Vol. No.:V. 656, p. 698
The Eaton Elementary School is significant for its association with education for the role it played in providing public schooling to generations of Hattiesburg students. Serving as a white school, the original two-story wing of the school was built in 1905, marking a period of rapid population growth in Hattiesburg following the completion of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad in 1897. The building, probably designed by local architect Robert E. Lee, exemplifies many characteristics of the Romanesque Revival style, most notably the use of rounded arches for door and window openings and smooth wall finishes. A one-story brick addition with an auditorium/cafeteria and three classrooms, designed by Hattiesburg architects Hearon & McCleskey and built in 1949, marked a second period of rapid growth and a building boom in Hattiesburg. Jennifer Baughn, MDAH Chief Architectural Historian, and Bill Gatlin, MDAH architectural historian, wrote the National Register nomination.