The Redding House
A Palladian-windowed dormer crowns the majesty of the house’s stunning Neoclassical Revival design. Spacious, Corinthian-columned porches embrace the building’s exterior, as a lofty two-story central hall entryway breathes light and fresh air throughout the stately home’s interior. A grand staircase of mahogany and cypress greets each visitor as they enter the neoclassical threshold. Elaborate tapestries hang from rose-colored walls beneath crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, and hand painted murals that stretch across the ceiling. Multiple fireplaces, hand-carved rosewood chairs, and fashionable pocket doors augment the internal common areas.
Charles Walter Redding, a native of neighboring Bay Saint Louis, relocated to Biloxi after the Civil War. In 1907, Redding sought a new base of operations for his growing ship’s chandlery marine supply business. Mrs. Nancy “Annie” Pittman Redding vetoed her husband’s choice of beachfront property after a devastating hurricane in 1898 wrought havoc down by the waterfront. The couple agreed Jackson Street provided sufficient protection from major storm damage. Mr. Redding contracted local architect John Harkness to create an extraordinary estate that demonstrated how successful Redding was. Mission accomplished!
Charles Redding’s opulent dream perseveres today. The Redding House remains one of the most distinguished venues for weddings and formal events in all of the American South. Authentic Civil War artifacts and an extensive library transcend all the modern amenities. A meticulous restoration project after Hurricane Katrina has reinvigorated the address’ storied past. In house event planning, on site catering, plus accommodations for up to 200 guests allow this historic location to fulfill Redding’s wish. An invite to 770 Jackson Street is still the hottest ticket in town.