Success Stories

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Get to Know the Bay St. Louis Historic District!

Click on the tour brochure icon to open up the digital version now! Just stroll around Bay St. Louis to enjoy some of our city’s preservation success stories!

And don’t forget to pick up an Old Town Historic Walking/Biking Tour.  It’s available for free at most Old Town shops and restaurants – and at Hancock County Visitor’s Center(1928 Depot Way).  Or click on the icon to open up the digital version right now!

While you’re taking in galleries, restaurants and shops in Old Town’s commercial district, don’t miss the Hancock County Historical Society (108 Cue Street, next to the Courthouse).

Called to the Coast:  A stately 1920s house in the Bay St. Louis historic district fulfills a lifelong dream for a Hattiesburg couple.
One of the most charming garden cottages in the Bay St. Louis historic district, “The Laughing Place” on Union has a colorful past – and present – thanks to owners Mack and Judy Pursell.
 
Little Cottage, Huge Art – A firefighter/designer and his designer partner resuscitate a mid-century cottage, breathing fresh life infused with art into 213 Demontluzin.
Fais Do Do on Hancock Street – A pair of globetrotting corporate executives have a world full of choices on where to live after retirement.  They chose Bay St. Louis.  Find out why and learn about the renovation of their home in the Historic District.
 
 
This month’s home is located in the middle of Old Town’s Historic District and owner Martha Wilson is beginning to wonder if there’s not something a little angelic about her new neighbors.
The sedate Creole exterior of the Bagley house gives no clue that inside, Monet’s palette of colors and show-stopping artwork bring a slice of France to Main Street.
 
This stunning historic home may be a Work In Progress, but that doesn’t prevent the visionary and artistic owners from enjoying it to the max as they move ahead with restoration.
Marilyn and Wayne Gouguet take a historic cottage with good bones and create a Bay home where every detail shines.  Just months after the purchase, the Gouguets were thrilled to learn that their cottage was included in the boundaries of the newly formed Bay St. Louis Historic District.  It was created by the city council in April 2007 after an overwhelming number of property owners voted to establish one. 
“Some people don’t realize what a positive impact being in a historic district has on property values,” says Wayne.  “We knew that Bay St. Louis was going to come back with a vengeance.”
 
One of Old Town’s most distinctive cottages becomes a beloved new home for the Bell family. 

Enjoy this gallery of past winners of the Historic Preservation Commission Awards!