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Century Hall still making history in Bay St. Louis

By David Elliott – bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - If you drive down South Second Street in Old Town Bay St. Louis, you'll notice a newly renovated building called Century Hall.

Vicki and Doug Niolet and Ann Tidwell purchased the historic structure and have turned it into retail center with three levels of shops featuring antiques, collectibles art and other specialty shops.

"This building is 100 years old,” Vicki Niolet said. “It's a wonderful building and we've loved bringing it back to life."

The building has had an interesting life. It was originally built by the Woodmen of the World. The fraternal organization used it as a lodge and meeting hall.

A wide variety of businesses have used the building over the years and most Bay St. Louis residents have had some kind of experience inside the historic structure.

"Everybody comes in and has great memories. We want to create some new memories,"Vicki Niolet said.

The Niolets purchased the building ten days before Katrina's violent assault on Bay St. Louis.

"We did not get any water, but the wind did blow our roof off," Niolet said.

The restoration began shortly after the storm. Most of the original wood and other materials were salvaged during the renovation. The Bay St. Louis Preservation Commission honored the project by giving the owners the People's Choice Award.

Century Hall is celebrating 100 years and serves as another chapter in South Mississippi's post Katrina comeback story.

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