The Spain House in Tupelo was in the news frequently the last couple of years, due to the fact that it had been purchased by the Calvary Baptist Church and they wanted to demolish the historic structure. (Links to news articles and more specific information is available over on the MissPres blog--just click on the blog to the right and type Spain House in the search box). At least part of the reasons for demolition allegedly had to do with the need for repairs to the house that would be expensive, and the desire to use the property for other reasons. As long as I was "in the neighborhood" yesterday, I thought I would finally lay eyes on the property.
I don't know if this is actually where a crime has occurred, or it's just the tape the city had handy to reinforce the no trespassing sign, but I could not get closer than the sidewalk without fear of an intimate view of the Tupelo jail. While I might be inclined to fudge in a rural area (where all I want is a picture) I am generally not one to bend the rules in a highly visible and populated urban location, so I kept my distance from the signs.
I wanted to see how much evidence there was of structural damage, and noted little on the exterior that was visible. I do know that there are things that are not visible to the eye, but nonetheless, I did not notice anything glaring. I must say, that there are worse areas on the house in which I currently live, and the repair of those is relatively easy and so far, inexpensive. I do love the beautiful iron detail on older homes. These architectural pieces have become a high-dollar criminal business in New Orleans these days as people loot damaged and unoccupied houses remaining from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Still, the home seems quite beautiful and certainly one that does not appear to need to be demolished.