Pass Christian Historical Society
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513 East Scenic Drive

A photo of 513 East Scenic in 1978, from the National Register application for the Scenic Drive Historic District.


From the “Inventory of Buildings in District”:

Ca. 1910. Picturesque, two-story, frame, chalet-type bungalow set gable end to street. Double-tiered inset gallery features pergola detailing and extends into a porte-cochere on western end. Gable end detailed with range of casement windows and shallow balcony. Unaltered.

– National Register of Historic Places, Inventory — Nomination Form, 1978

Featured in the 2008 Tour of Homes. Program notes:

“513 E. Scenic Dr. (ca. 1888-1910) – Dr. & Mrs. Philip Schaeffer. Thanks to the quick thinking of the Schaeffers, who shored up the home’s foundation almost immediately after Katrina, this home avoided the fate of virtually every home and building to their west on the beach front. To facilitate the repairs, the owners camped out in a FEMA trailer for months while work went on. Even so, the Schaeffers, like virtually every resident of the Pass, don’t know what they would have done without the support of the many volunteers who came to the Pass from all over the nation following Katrina.

“Architecturally, the home is a rare example of the late nineteenth century Arts & Crafts style architecture on the coast — notice the signature pair of casement windows and a shallow balcony immediately below the front roof gable. The garconniere dates from 1888.”