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Houston in Chickasaw County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Light Columns

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, August 22, 2020
1. Light Columns Marker
Inscription.  Light Columns are architectural features that flank the main entrance steps of many public and government buildings. It is rare to find them on public buildings in small communities, but Houston High School, constructed in 1927, possessed two of the finest examples of school light columns in the state. The columns flanked the main entry on the front of the school building. School architect James M. Spain's original rendering showed cast bronze or iron light columns bu, as constructed, the columns were cast concrete with an outside sand-cast shell for detailing. Lion heads with mouths in the open position decorate the four sides of each column and art deco-type recessed squares and bands provide shadow relief.

After the school building burned in 1973, the columns were moved to the local national guard armory where they remained until they were restored in 2004. The columns were coated to duplicate their original luster and character and then installed on brick piers with precast concrete caps and corners.

The restored columns support large round globes that match the architect's original rendering. A solar collector with
Light Columns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, August 22, 2020
2. Light Columns Marker
Marker is located on the left.
a battery system is used to power the light emitting diode lamps.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation.
 
Location. 33° 53.771′ N, 88° 59.808′ W. Marker is in Houston, Mississippi, in Chickasaw County. Marker is on South Starkville Road north of East Harrington Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in front of Houston Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 South Starkville Road, Houston MS 38851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1927 Schoolhouse (here, next to this marker); Pinson Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chickasaw County CSA Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Natchez Trace Through Chickasaw County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Houston (approx. ¼ mile away); Booker "Bukka" White (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
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By Tom Bosse, August 22, 2020
3. Light Column
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 27, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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