Gulf Coast’s oldest gem: a debate among historic structures

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The title of “oldest building on the Gulf Coast” is a fascinating debate with strong contenders from Florida, Mississippi, and possibly Louisiana. Florida’s claim: St. Augustine boasts the González-Álvarez House, possibly built around 1723, making it the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in the state.

Mississippi’s contender, the LaPointe-Krebs House in Pascagoula, constructed in 1757, stands as the oldest scientifically dated building in Mississippi and likely the oldest house between the Appalachians and Rockies. Louisiana’s Possibility: New Orleans’ Ursuline Convent, built between 1727 and 1734, is a strong contender, though some argue its construction actually began in the late 1740s.

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