RESTORING CORINTH'S DUNCAN HOUSE: A continuing update on the rehabilitation of the historic (circa 1858) home at 810 Polk St., Corinth, Mississippi, which served as headquarters to several Civil War generals.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
From Historic Preservation Consultant, Chelius Carter
This was posted on my timeline by Chelius Carter, my Historic Preservation Consultant, May 23, 2016.
One of the things I've been up to: the historic William Duncan House in Corinth, Mississippi
The Duncan House, built in 1858 is one of four known surviving antebellum residences within the National Historic Landmark "Corinth Siege and Battlefield Sites"...it was CSA Gen. Beauregard's headquarters, following the Battle of Shiloh; then USA Gen. Rosecrans' headquarters during the Corinth Siege & Battle there.
My client, Kenneth Williams generously stepped into the breach when this structure was threatened with demolition and elected to personally fund an historic rehabilitation of the house and site (it had moved perpendicularly from its original location in about 1920), and restore the front facade as closely as we could determine to its period of historic significance in 1862.
This involved re-siting the house on the lot AWAY from its fast-encroaching neighbor and more in the center of the lot, as it was on its original site and raising the whole back up on prominent 4'-0 piers. All needing approval through both Mississippi Department of Archives & History and the National Park Service. This has been a complex project...and Kenneth has been a long-suffering and patient client.
What the pictures below show is the existing conditions, when I was first brought in as Historic Preservation Consultant; my restoration design of the front elevation; then its re-siting (thankfully losing that early 20th century porch) and just today...new door, transom & side-lights. This is going to be a wonderful addition to Corinth's historic context and the city anxiously awaits (as does my client) the completion of this fine project!