Beauvoir begins a new chapter in its comeback story

By David Elliott - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Like so many historic landmarks on the coast, Beauvoir suffered serious damage from Hurricane Katrina's wind and storm surge.

The home on the property has already been restored, inside and out. Now, officials at Beauvoir are excited about the next piece in the recovery puzzle.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, who own and operate the facility, have awarded a $10.4 million contract to build anew the Jefferson Davis Library and Museum.

"It'll be 25,500 square feet, built 20 feet above sea level," Beauvoir Director Rick Forte said as he revealed architectural renderings of the new library.

FEMA will fund 90 percent of the project. Federal flood guidelines required the library be constructed at a new site on the grounds.

"We could have rebuilt the old library, but FEMA is very strict with what they allow," Forte said.

The contract was awarded to J.C. Dukes Construction Company from Mobile, Alabama. Construction will begin next week and the contract dictates that the project be completed in 550 days.

Forte has a simple goal.

"My mission is to make Beauvoir better than it was before Katrina."

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