An exhibit on Gulf Coast builder and developer Carroll Ishee (1921-1982) is currently on display at The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center located at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs. Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area staff worked with the Ocean Springs Museum of History and The Mary C. to create the exhibit titled, “Visionary Builder: Carroll B. Ishee.” Large photographs immerse visitors giving the sensation of stepping into one of these signature homes.
Ishee was a Mississippi Gulf Coast contractor and developer often viewed as an artist whose medium was brick, concrete, lumber, and glass crafted into buildings set thoughtfully in natural landscapes. His houses draw from concepts commonly found in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, mid-century modern design and Japanese homes. This exhibit emphasizes the most notable period of Ishee’s work between 1964 and 1980.
This fall, as part of the exhibit, Jeff Rosenberg will present his research into the life and work of Carroll Ishee. Jeff has presented his research into Ishee at both regional and national conferences and is excited to share his findings here at home. Be sure to visit the exhibit and check in at The Mary C. for updates on Ishee-related events in the coming year.