Current Board Members:
(from L to R) Mark Davis, Sarah Johnson, Ellen Bourdeaux, Winky Glover, Beaux Burns, Joyce Lane (no longer serving), Elic Purvis (no longer serving), Roland Terry
Not Pictured: Betty Oltremari, Sandra Arlinghaus, Edward Lynch, Neil Henry
The Meridian Architectural Trust will use education, rehabilitation, and engagement to preserve the built environment of Meridian, Mississippi. The Meridian Architectural Trust saves Meridian’s architectural treasures by purchasing, rehabilitating, and selling structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the Meridian Architectural Trust educates the public about the importance of Meridian’s story and architecture, runs events to help celebrate Meridian’s unique assets, and actively engages the community in this work.
SHORT TERM GOALS
Present an annual conference to promote preservation in Meridian and Mississippi
2022 Conference - Crossroads: Meridian’s Preservation Map for the 21st Century
Maintain a revolving fund and other assets to directly benefit the architectural treasures of Meridian
Act as a trust for historic properties
Establish the Historic Plaque program
Begin presenting mini-educational programming: Lunch and Learn type events
Promote The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
LONG TERM GOALS
Act as a resource for homeowners in historic neighborhoods by providing grants for historic preservation work, providing education and tools for historic preservation work, and working to facilitate the improvement of neighborhood infrastructure.
Provide educational events to residents, students, and civic and business leaders to promote preservation.
Create a technical resource for the community - provide people with the skills that make preservation possible.
Ensure the revolving funds continued sustainability to directly benefit the architectural treasures of Meridian
President: Sarah Seltzer Johnson
Vice President: Ellen Bourdeaux
Treasurer: Roland Terry
Secretary: Mark Davis