Beauvoir Mansion Repairs
The exterior of the Beauvoir Mansion is in dire need of repainting. Our maintenance crew has recently repainted the stairs on the front and back of the house, but now it is time for the white exterior of the home to be painted.
We have been reaching out to our supporters to ask for their assistance. We are currently working with our local Sherwin Williams and are in need of high-quality paint that has been preapproved for use by the Board of Directors and the Department of Archives and History.
We are hoping that we will be able to have the exterior of the house completed by Summer 2020.
One of our most important projects is the interior of Beauvoir Mansion. We have several rooms that are in desperate need of attention. As many people well know, the tours of the Mansion are our key attraction here at Beauvoir and we have scores of original artifacts that belonged to the Davis family as well as the Brown and Dorsey families.
It was noticed in 2017 that there were parts of the ceiling that were starting to collapse and Miss Winnie Davis' room was the first to fall in. Since then, we have had damage to Mr. Jefferson and Mrs. Varina's bedrooms as well as to theFormal Dining Room.
The damage to the house has been caused mostly in part by settlement from the repairs done after Hurricane Katrina. There was no telling that it would cause these kinds of problems, but the house settled further than was expected and it put too much stress on the plaster of the ceilings, causing them to fall in. We have spots that have collapsed in Winnie's bedroom and the Formal Dining Room. If we act soon enough, we can prevent the same thing from happening to Jefferson Davis' bedroom.
There has been no official report on the cause of the mold occurring in Mr. Jefferson and Mrs. Varina's bedrooms, but the Maintenance Staff and House Staff are doing what they can to keep moisture levels down and prevent the spread.
Beauvoir is over 165 years old and has stood as a testiment of time on the beach front in Biloxi, Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was devistating to the Landmark and it was renovated to its former glory. In the years following its post-Katrina renovation, attendance has decreased to museums all across the country, particularly to Confederate monuments, which means that funds for upkeep have been decreased.
Natural weathering over the years have not been kind to this beautiful home and there are many areas inside and outside of the home that need to be repaired.