Jackson, Mississippi (Hinds County)
Located in Jackson’s beautiful Mynelle Gardens, the Westbrook House was built in 1921 by William Wall Westbrook. The brick structure was constructed in the Mediterranean Revival style, popular during that time. Featuring an enclosed center patio, superb woodwork, and interesting windows, the house was designed by noted Jackson architect Noah Webster Overstreet. Overstreet is described by architectural historian Richard Cawthon as “…the most influential and prolific architect in the history of the state.” Originally the private residence of the Westbrook family, the house was later used for a thriving flower business. In 1973, the house and gardens were sold to the City of Jackson. The structure was used for wedding receptions and parties for some years until falling into a state of disrepair. The Westbrook House was listed as one of Mississippi’s Ten Most Endangered Places in 2000.
2015 Update – SAVED
The City of Jackson has restored the Westbrook House for use by the community. In the spring of 2013, the roof of the Westbrook House was damaged by a hailstorm, but the City of Jackson is currently working to repair it. Both the exterior and interior of the home have been restored, providing a popular reception site for weddings and events.
Westbrook House and Mynelle Gardens are open to the public Monday through Friday, the home from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and the gardens from 9:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Stop by, stroll through the gardens and enjoy this architectural treasure.