Location Information
(for the Hewes Building)
Name:Hewes Building
Address:2505 14th Street
City/County:Gulfport, Harrison County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1903-1904
Architectural Styles(s):Georgian Revival
No. of Stories:5
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:07 Oct 1982
NR District Name:Gulfport Harbor Square Commercial
NR Status:Contributing
Element No.:27
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Context/Comments
A significant regional landmark, the Hewes Building illustrates the remarkably rapid development of the last city established along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Chartered in 1898, Gulfport's origins can be traced to the economic boom that occurred in the South between the 1880s and World War I, an event made manifest in south Mississippi in the exploitation of the region's extensive timber resources. One notable by-product of the boom was the Hewes Building, constructed 1903-04, reflecting the business prospects recognized by Gulfport's developers and serving as an example of the continuing use of traditional architectural styles in a multi-story building. Its symmetry and simplicity make it a handsome turn-of-the-century building and an important element in preserving the early architectural character of Gulfport's central business district.