"Biloxi boasts a long and sometimes turbulent history, dating from 1699 when Pierre Lemoyne, Sieur d'Iberville sailed into the Mississippi Sound." So began the introduction to the Historic Downtown Biloxi Walking Tour brochure.
We began the walk at the Katrina Memorial, which is dedicated to those residents who lost their lives in the storm.
This building is the finest example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style in Biloxi. The main doorway exhibits twisted columns; the twin flights of its entrance stairway are especially grand. It served as the city's public library until 1978.
This is one of the finest Colonial Revival houses remaining in Biloxi. A prime feature is its use of circular motifs, particularly in the forms of its porches and the projective bay on the west façade.
Biloxi's City Hall, a Neoclassical Revival building, is faced with a fine grayish white marble.
Two tall Ionic columns frame the two-story entrance. The doorway has a fine Renaissance style segmental pediment.
The eastern end of Downtown Biloxi is anchored by this Victorian styled building on Vieux Marché.
This two-story imposing building still retains its balconies and grand presence. Fan windows over large rectangular ones on both the first and second stories elicit the grandeur of the theatre as do the square half Doric columns.
This building features one of two distinctive cupolas in Downtown. The building's fine detail and strong form add elegance to the streetscape.
The eclectic style structure was at the forefront of theater design when it opened. It was saved from destruction in 1976 and restored as a performing arts center.
This was an easy walk, but one does get hungry. So we continued with a short walk to our lunch spot.