Commission wants home to be national landmark

OXFORD — The Oxford Historic Preservation Commission wants the 165-year-old antebellum Shaw House registered as a national landmark so someone will buy and restore it.

The home was built in 1848 by Oxford brick maker Dave Kennedy and has been in the Shaw family since 1929. It’s located on 5.8 acres of land and is 6,386 square feet in size with seven bedrooms. It’s currently on the market listed at $3.3 million.

Preservation commission members tell the Oxford Eagle the home has been steadily showing its age and they are concerned that if renovations are not done soon, the house could be lost.

Oxford assistant city engineer Katrina Hourin said the city could try to speak to the owners about having the home listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It’s listed on the local registry but not on the national registry,” Hourin said. “If the property owners are willing to do this, then we have to write a description and submit it to Jackson.”

The next meeting of the National Register board is in November.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Mississippi has more than 1,300 listings in the National Register. Most are houses, but others are archaeological sites, battlefields, bridges, buildings, cemeteries, forts and historic districts.

National Register listing does not restrict a private owner’s use of the property, unless development of the property involves federal funding, federal rehabilitation tax credits or participation in some other federal program.

Being on the register would give the owners, current or future, tax credits from both the state of Mississippi and the federal government.

The commission unanimously voted this week to move forward with getting the house on the registry by first contacting the family for their approval.

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