Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Southeast Chapter announces event in Holly Springs

July 31st, 2013 Comments Off on Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Southeast Chapter announces event in Holly Springs

ICAA SoutheastThe Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Southeast Chapter (Mississippi) will hold an all-day series of exclusive historic architectural property tours in Holly Springs on Saturday, Sept. 21, sponsored in part by American Pacific.

The day will tentatively start at 10 a.m., meeting location to be decided, and will culminate with “The Wrecking Ball” from 6 until 10 p.m. on the grounds of the 1830’s Chalmers Institute. This annual event is put on by Preserve Marchall County Inc. with the goal of of preserving Chalmers Institute, Mississippi’s oldest chartered university. The Wrecking Ball event will include dinner, a silent auction and a live art auction, as well as appearances by several artists, authors, musicians and historians who have donated their appearances for the evening.

Chalmers Institute, the oldest university building and the second oldest school building in the state, was originally built in 1837 with publicly raised funds, becoming part of the University of Holly Springs in 1838. The intent was for the school to become the state university in Mississippi, an effort that ultimately failed when the University of Mississippi was located in Oxford. Subsequently, this building operated as the Chalmers Institute and then the Holly Springs Normal Institute for many years.

For more information and if interested in attending, contact Tracy Ward, Mississippi chairman of the ICAA, at tracy@benchmarkward.com. 

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