Clifton-Burwell House


 Original Client

The Homewood Company
Jackson Mississippi

Now owned by:
Coxwell & Associates, PLLC

    
Located on the edge of downtown Jackson, just one block east of the State Capitol, this 150 year old Greek Revival cottage was threatened with demolition. As the oldest existing private residence in Jackson, the Clifton-Burwell House is a significant and irreplaceable part of the City’s history. It is one of only five remaining pre-Civil War structures, and the primary goal was to prevent its demolition and carefully restore it for a new and viable use. The first floor accommodates professional offices and the second floor provides desirable downtown living space. The new owner took advantage of federal and local 
Project Team
Structural Engineer
Cameron Till, P.E.

Electrical Engineer
HESM&A
 
Mechanical Engineer
HESM&A
 
General Contractor
Scarbrough Construction 

Total Building Area
2,500 sf
rehabilitation tax credits to make the project feasible, so it was necessary to restore the house within the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures.

Despite a fire in 1990 that completely destroyed the roof and much of the rear of the house, it was carefully measured, photographed, and researched before design began. Archival photographs provided historical reference for and accurate restoration. All of the remaining windows, doors, porch columns, and interior trim were carefully salvaged for reinstallation. Burnt or damaged materials were removed and faithfully reproduced.

New masonry piers were added under the house to reinforce the floor and fire damaged walls were reconstructed before the new roof, gables, and six chimneys were erected. The floor plan, with its central hall and flanking rooms, remains unchanged except for a glass enclosure at the rear porch. For handicapped accessibility, a ramp was sympathetically integrated into the north end of the front porch. Modern mechanical, electrical, and security systems were included without disturbing the historic features of the house.


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