Historic Gulfport building set to reopen Friday

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Grass Lawn is one of the most historic buildings in Gulfport and it has been sitting vacant since it was destroyed by Katrina in 2005. Yet, the reopening of this historic house has been anything but easy.

The Gulfport City Council originally turned down grant money to rebuild the historic home, but later voted to reverse that decision. The 170-year-old home was the site of countless weddings, graduation parties and other special events. It is also featured on Gulfport's official logo.

A grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History helped cover half of the million dollars it took to rebuild Grass Lawn.

Community leaders broke ground in 2009. The building serves as a replica of the 1836 antebellum home destroyed by Katrina.

It's located between Highway 90 and Second Street.

The public invited to attend the ribbon cutting at 9:30 A.M. Friday, July 20.

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