Historic Buildings

Preserving historic buildings is vital to understanding our nation’s history. Reusing existing buildings for historic preservation is essentially a recycling program of “historic” proportions. This not only makes good economic sense, but preserves the stories of our people through places. Explore the ways you can protect the state’s treasures.

Mississippi Landmarks

Mississippi Landmark designation is the highest form of recognition bestowed on properties by the state of Mississippi. It offers the fullest protection against changes that might alter a property’s historic character.

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National Register

Mississippi has more than 1,300 listings in the National Register, including houses, archaeological sites, battlefields, bridges, buildings, cemeteries, forts, and historic districts. Discover how communities as well as private property owners can apply for designation on the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

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Historic Resources Inventory Database

MDAH has more than 40,000 paper files related to individual buildings, historic districts, and artisans and a vertical subject file on topics relevant to the building trades and architectural profession. 

Some of this information is available online in our Historic Resources Inventory Database. You’ll find information about the construction date, architect, builder, National Register listing, and Mississippi Landmark designation of Mississippi’s landmarks and architecture.

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Interested in researching the more in-depth paper files? Architectural history files are housed in the first-floor architectural history search room in the Charlotte Capers Archives and History Building at 100 State Street in downtown Jackson. Hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5p.m. No appointment is needed. 


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