Pass Christian home rescued from Katrina

By David Elliott - bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Hurricane Katrina robbed the coast of so many of our historic structures. The storm ravaged Pass Christain and one of the city's most historically significant homes, known as The Blue Rose.

The first floor was washed out by Katrina's storm surge, and the homes collection of antiques was destroyed.

The Blue Rose was built in 1848, and the 160-year-old building has been brought back to life by two businessmen.

Herb Pursley and Phillip LeGrange have restored the Blue Rose after the hurricane reduced it to ruble.

"When I saw it for the first time after the storm I fell to my knees," says Pursley.

Today the Blue Rose is a gathering place for wedding receptions, meetings and other events.

Pursley says, "Hopefully it will be around for another 160 years."