Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cafeteria - Hercules Powder Company

The Hercules Powder Company Cafeteria is believed to have been built in the 1940s, some 20 years after the Hattiesburg plant opened in 1923. Although it was initially built as a cafeteria, over the years it reportedly contained a barber shop, a commissary, a pool hall, and even a one-lane bowling alley. The architectural style has been described as Streamline Moderne, a later evolution of Art Deco.  Streamline Moderne includes ship-like features such as porthole windows, curved corners, and railings, all of which can be observed on this building. The building has been unused for several years, and has fallen into disrepair, however, this model has attempted to restore the building to what is believed to be a close estimation of its original appearance.