Sunday, April 18, 2021

A Mini White House in Mississippi

Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or just £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Lauded as a “southern beauty” and a “most extravagant expression of Colonial Revival architecture,” neoclassical 240 South Extension Street in Hazlehurst, Mississippi was built between 1906 and 1907 to the designs of the architects Barber & Kluttz of Knoxville, Tennessee. It does have a slight look of the White House and it certainly seems a bargain at just £299,000 compared to the £15 million Texan mansion we featured in March.

 

The 5,376 square foot house stands on a plot of 7.79 acres and includes 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is described as having a “long history of family ownership” and is currently offered for sale through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors.

 

Named ‘The Robert L. Covington House’ in honour of a gentleman of the same name (whom was born in 1875 and died in 1960), the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and is noted as having “the popular French taste of the decade in its finishes and furnishings.” Mahogany abounds and especially noteworthy is the variety of fireplaces throughout.

 

Hazlehurst is situated 30 miles south of the Mississippi state capital, Jackson. Pulitzer Prize winning Crimes of the Heart playwright Beth Henley was born in the small city (population circa 4,000) and in the 1960s, there was much civil rights activity and “violence against blacks in this area” according to Wikipedia.

 

Pictured top: The grand front elevation of ‘The Robert L. Covington House’ could be mistaken for a miniature version of The White House.

 

The Numbers – The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America

 

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A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
A plaque was erected on the house in 1984 by the United States Department of the Interior stating that it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The South Portico of the White House is not hugely dissimilar from the front elevation of ‘The Robert Lowery Covington House.’
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Agents McIntosh & Associates LLC Realtors describe the entrance porch as “amazing.” Of the house, they state: “If only the walls could talk they would tell us of history of long ago. You will fall head over heels with this beautiful one of a kind historic home. You would actually feel as if you owned a piece of history.” It does have a slight feel of Twelve Oaks, the plantation home of the Wilkes family in ‘Gone with the Wind.’
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The entrance hall and staircase are notable for their grandeur.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
They open directly to several reception spaces and feature Doric columns.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The current owner appears to have cleared out the majority of their furnishings.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Another entertaining space.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
A sunroom with a view over the lawned gardens.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The kitchen is certainly basic in its current configuration.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
One of four bedrooms.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Another bedroom.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
There is one bathroom on the ground floor and two more on the first floor.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The house has a number of original fireplaces in a variety of styles.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The exterior is described by the agents as being a “most extravagant expression of Colonial Revival architecture.”
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The building impresses from its principal angle.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
It is less grand from the rear.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
But more commanding from the street.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Looking from the porch into the neighbourhood.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The property includes a total of 7.79 acres of gardens and grounds.
A Mini White House in Mississippi – £299,000 ($378,000, €335,000 or درهم544,000) for Mississippi mini mansion The Robert L. Covington House, 240 South Extension Street, Hazlehurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, MS 39083, United States of America through agents McIntosh & Associates LLC, Realtors – Colonial Revival ‘Mini White House’ on an 8-acre plot in Mississippi for sale for just £299,000 or £56 per square foot; the mini mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Jackson, Mississippi is 30 miles to the north whilst New Orleans, Louisiana is 160 miles to the south.
This YouTube video tour of Hazlehurst, Mississippi gives an impression of the city and its citizens in 1947.
A video tour of the town (with its name incorrectly spelt as ‘Hazelhurst’). One comment left below it remarks: “Nicely kept, clean, tidy, old, open town” and adds: “I liked it, but it just looks so dead.”
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Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Wrecking ball urgently needed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let the baby swing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Probably full of termites and ghosts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Slavery must have abounded in these part and the ball and chains must rattle at night —– Not worth $100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Swing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Demolish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Burn it —- Probably easier, it’d go up like a fire lighter on a Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. What a hoot. The kitchen belongs to a wee cooncil hoose somewhere in impoverished Slumville, and I presume the couple of bathrooms can only be used if your name is down on a rotation list. It may have original fireplaces but they’re not exactly Robert Adam, are they? Bit of a white elephant. Would be interested to know what Yolanda thinks of it.

  3. If it dates from 1907 , then it probably has no connection to slavery or attached ghosts. Would need extensive updating and repair. Land might be worth the money, though.

  4. Since Don & I are besties I will suggest he buys it himself as a home where he and Melinda can reminisce about their days in the real one.

  5. I grew up in the rural North without the influence of inequality so from a strictly architechtural standpoint, I see this as a gorgeous example of a plantation home. It is a prime opportunity for the right organization/individual to bring it into the 21st century with a new purpose- one that would replace the stigma of African American slavery by acknowledging the blood,sweat and tears of the talented African Americans who likely built and maintained it. Ideally, if a co-op would invest in it (Black Lives Matter group?}, with creative marketing, it could become a thriving bed & breakfast with full restaurant, the grounds devoted to produce gardening to sell locally; venue for events, providing jobs/income for many locals. The time is right for those who have been living in poverty and hopelessness, afraid to speak up, to rally support for such a project because of the national attention to the Black Lives matter movement. Research advocacy groups that would be willing to provide legal advice and protection if there is local backlash.

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