National Register of Historic Places

Coleman Avenue is the historic main street of Waveland, and the Civic Center was the only historic structure left standing after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.  Built circa 1927, the structure had fallen victim to the deterioration of time and disuse.  A first phase of renovations began in 2000, with additional work required after 2005 due to the storm surge and the resulting eight foot waterline.

Renovations included salvage of historic materials, removal of the non-historic gable roof, restoration of electrical and mechanical systems, finishes, reconstruction and structural hardening of the brick masonry and foundation. The Civic Center is an anchor for the restored Coleman Avenue, and a symbol of community pride and resilience.


Completed 2009

Program:  7575 SF of classrooms, auditorium, and offices served as City Council chambers until 2012.  The structure is planned to become the Hurricane Katrina Museum.

Cost: $3,300,000.00

AIA Mississippi Merit Award, 2009

Project Team:

unabridged Architecture, Architect

Sparks Engineering, Structural Engineer

Moran Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Ladner/Budlong Engineering, Mechanical Engineer

The Lathan Company, Contractor