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The Gulf Coast casinos decorate the Biloxian skyline and add flair to the preexisting architecture. There are more than 100 historical landmarks across the bayous and behind the willow trees. Lucky travelers may be able to apply their millions toward the restoration of a postwar estate. All others can be transfixed by the charm of American, French, Colonial, and contemporary styles.
The Beauvoir Estate was the summer home for Jefferson Davis, America's only confederate president. It was a bright white house with a porch that surrounded the whole perimeter of the house.
Austere, concrete and black iron gates guarded the entry to this plantation house and its manicured lawns. Hurricane Katrina wrecked a portion of the property and most of the main house. It is scheduled to reopen for tours in 2008.
The Old Brick House, also of the plantation era, demonstrates the diversity of Biloxi archiecture. It contains a brick facade, colorful shutters, and a high pitched roof. Its French Colonial accents include small windows and white details within the trim of the building.
Consider the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum campus for a more contemporary fusion of architectural styles. Gehry designed the museum in 2005 and Hurricane Katrina demolished it shortly thereafter. Fundraising and charitable contributions are currently underway.
The outdoor pavillions served as wings within individual art galleries. Their undulating, progressive shapes conjoined the spirit of the nearby oak trees, a Native American meditation garden, and the woodframe Pleasant Reed House.