The James O. Eastland Federal Courthouse was designed by the prominent Jackson firm Hull & Malvaney and was constructed in 1933. The building originally included the U.S. Post Office, Federal offices, and the U.S. District Court. The building is an important historic structure, recognized for its significance as an example of Moderne/Art Deco style architecture. The building is also noteworthy as the setting of many historic civil rights trials in Mississippi through the 1950s and 1960s. The building was added to the NPS National Register of Historic Structures in 1976.
Located on Capitol Street in the Central Business District, the building is one of the most important contributing historic structures in the Smith Park Architectural Historic District in downtown Jackson. The district includes the historic Governor’s Mansion, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, the old Mississippi State Capitol, the Museum of Mississippi History, the Civil Rights Museum, the War Memorial, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
As part of a redevelopment of the historic structure, Duvall Decker was engaged to complete the historic restoration of the structure and to qualify the project with the National Park Service and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for historic tax credits. The redevelopment included restoration of the limestone facade, exterior envelope, the historic post office lobby, the upper corridors and open stairs, and the restoration of the fourth-floor center district courtroom with its WPA mural. All of the restoration and rehabilitation work meets or exceeds the National Park Service Secretary’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The program for the rehabilitation and development of the facility included a mixed-use of housing, restaurant, lounge, coffee shop, and small commercial spaces. The modernization included the full integration of new mechanical, electrical, security, and life safety systems. The fire egress system required additional stairs and exit ways. All modernization, safety and security systems will be seamlessly integrated into the building’s historic architectural fabric. With minimal interventions, the re-purposed building will retain its original historic integrity.
Rowan Hall, built in 1928, was the first building constructed on the campus and served as the University’s administration building. The renovation included a full restoration of this historic building and included interior and exterior finishes, windows, enclosure systems, and mechanical and electrical systems. The faithful restoration met or exceeded all the requirements for historic preservation described in the National Park Service Secretary’s Standards for Rehabilitation. A separate structure was added to the rear of the building to house the new elevator and exit stair required for use of the second floor. The new revived building houses the campus health center.
A three-bedroom single family home with open living/dining space and detached screen porch and pool. The L-shape house plan consists of a public wing designed like a courtyard sitting between the street and the private rear yard, and a more private bedroom wing along the south side of the property. An inner green rear yard is an extension of the living space connected by a full wall of curtainwall. The design comfortably accommodates daily living patterns and is durable and ecologically mature. Direct and indirect light color and characterize interior spaces throughout the day. The sun is directly harnessed to produce energy and heated water. The material pallet builds space for experiences through expanded contrasts; between rough to smooth, hard and soft, cool and warm.
2016 National AIA Housing Award
2013 AIA Gulf States Region Honor Award
2012 AIA Mississippi Honor Award
ARCHITECT Magazine, 2016
Huffington Post, 2016
Houses for All Regions, 2014
50 US Architects: Residential Planning, 2012
PORTICO Jackson, 2012
A new 2,500 square foot private residence on a 9.4-acre nature preserve in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The house sits at the top of the property looking south to the mountains beyond. It offers a high overlook in its tower observatory, an intimate walled court, and screened extension to the master bedroom. Each aspect of the house connects its residents to the unique qualities of the site, both distant and near. Construction is planned to be complete in June of 2019.
This project creates a space for education, community programming, and events. A joint project of Coahoma County, Coahoma County Community College, and Delta State University, the complex is a culmination of the needs of the three entities, providing a 150-seat conference center, classrooms, distance learning facility, resource center, demonstration kitchen, and administrative offices. The existing gym was transformed into a new conference center, and a new 12,700 square foot classroom building was added to the complex. Sited around the historic Cutrer Mansion, the ensemble overlooks the bluff from the city to the river bottom lands, framing the historic mansion and linking the complex to the city grid. The project celebrates the community’s diversity and the region’s landscape, culture, blues heritage, as well as its full and complex social history.
2011 AIA Mississippi Merit Award
2011 Design with Brick Honor Award
The Mississippi Library Commission is both a lending reference library and a service institution supporting libraries all over the state. The building houses all the divisions of the Library Commission including the library for the reading impaired, the Mississippi author first editions collection, the state’s reference library, and patent and trademark records. The design of the 60,000 square foot building is organized by multiple public gathering spaces, including the entry lobby, gallery, main public meeting room, the northern-lit main reading room, and an outdoor green. Each of these centers are linked by an indirect pause, and the circulation strategy invites exploration and browsing. The building stakes its place on the site with a shadow plinth, and its exterior skin weaves southern highlights and shadows into an ever-changing surface that seems alive, breathing in the phenomena of its environment. The interior design was completed as an integral part of the project including all loose and system furnishings, shelving, artwork, and accessories for the building.
The Mississippi Library Commission building has been singled out as one of the 50 best libraries in the country, but more importantly, it has become a favorite sanctuary and library for its patrons and other librarians in the state.
2010 AIA Design for Decades: Civic Buildings
2008 AIA Gulf State Region Honor Award
2007 American Architecture Awards
2006 AIA Mississippi Honor Award
2006 AIA Mississippi Sambo Mockbee Award
Manufacturing Architecture: An Architect’s Guide to Custom Processes, Materials, and Applications, 2018
Archinect News, 2018
Manufacturing Architecture: An Architect’s Guide to Custom Processes, Materials, and Applications, Scheduled 2017
ELLE DECOR online, 50 Best Libraries in the United States, 2016
Wallpaper* City Guide: New Orleans, 2012
ARCHITECT Magazine, 2010
Founded in a place defined by both palpable need and engaging culture, Duvall Decker is a diverse and expanded architectural practice, employing planning, development, design, and building care to promote the quality of the built environment and the health and well-being of its inhabitants. Duvall Decker delivers design excellence and promotes social, economic and environmental quality, no matter the scope, type, budget, or scale of the project.