Location Information
(for the de la Pointe-Krebs House)
Name:de la Pointe-Krebs House ["Old Spanish Fort" ("Old French Fort" - HABS)]
Address:4602 Fort Street
City/County:Pascagoula, Jackson County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:c.1757
No. of Stories:1
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:03 Sep 1971
    MPS:Historic Resources of Pascagoula, Mississippi
View National Register Nomination Form
Mississippi Landmark Information
Book/Vol. No.:V. 783, p. 140
Easement Information
No. of Active Easements:2
Date Signed:06-06-2011
Easement Type:Preservation/Maintenance
Book/Vol. No.:Book 1647 Pg. 563-574
Date Signed:03-10-2014
Easement Type:Preservation/Maintenance
Book/Vol. No.:V. 1743 Pg. 186-188
Dated to 1757 through dendrochonology in 2016, this house is the oldest surviving building in Mississippi. The East Room was added around 1762, and the West Room probably around 1820. In the 1990s it underwent a substantial restoration to return it to its appearance as of about 1820. Owned by Jackson County and operated as a museum.

It was listed on the National Register on 3 September 1971, and was designated a Mississippi Landmark on 5 January 1984. This building received an HPF grant of $20,000 in 1978 and a grant of $45,000 under the Emergency Jobs Act of 1983. It received flooding damage from Hurricane Katrina on 29 August 2005, including damage to the porch that exposed previous termite damage.

This building is included in "Historic Architecture in Mississippi" (1973) (pp. 102-103), "Old Homes of Mississippi, Volume I: Natchez and the South" (1977) (pp. 147-148), "The Majesty of Eastern Mississippi and the Coast" (2004) (p. 94), and "Buildings of Mississippi" (2020) (pp. 361-362, GC44).

[HABS: MS-18 (1936/1940): photos and measured drawings]

La Pointe-Krebs House: Architectural Development and Interpretion Oct 2017 George Fore, architectural conservator
La Pointe-Krebs House: Tree-Ring Dating 2016 Grant L. Harley, Dendron Lab, USM