Friday, August 10, 2018

Massive Fire Burns Mansion to Ground

The Holloway Mansion on Siwell Road burned to the ground last night.  This video of the fire appeared on Facebook.


40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Frankly my dear, it's on fire.

Anonymous said...

JL & Diane lived in Bridgewater before they left for Nashville (where they now lives in the most expensive condo in the city, literally). Did he ever sell that behemoth of a house?

jtmjxn said...

Tax records show it had changed hands a couple of times after he sold it.

Anonymous said...

According to Hinds County Tax Rolls, the property located at 4711 Siwell Road is owned by HDR Properties, LLC. Taxes were NOT paid for 2017, and with penalties exceed $30K.

Anonymous said...

"'What is there about fire that’s so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?’ Beatty blew out the flame and lit it again. ‘It’s perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did.'"

Denture cream said...

That house is about as tacky as his fake teeth

Anonymous said...

Dilbert says HDR Properties is managed by Richard Eaton. Would this be the Eatons from Morgan White Group?

Anonymous said...

This is a great loss to the region. Such large examples of 20th century Mississippi Nouveau Riche White Trash are getting rarer and rarer. Something must be done to save these monuments!

It changed hands several times? Lemmee guess: Holloway sold it to a Masstorthead who sold it to a Lamar Adams type who got his tit in the ringer and burned it to the ground thinking he was smarter than the insurance company and they would cut him a check before the ashes cooled down.

Experience said...

I wonder if the insurance company will send Steve Wyatt out to investigate.

Where all you need is a dollah said...

Dang. Now the nicest building in South Jackson is the Dollar Tree

Anonymous said...

10:36p, you are spot on

Anonymous said...

Taxes not paid but I'm sure the insurance was.....little doubt about this fire IF the Fire Marshall can prove the obvious

Anonymous said...

I was that New Horizon Church Intl./Bishop Ronnie Crudup purchased this home last year for a church venue site.

Anonymous said...

I have always wondered if the story behind those two mansions (one smaller than the other) was true. Story I heard was the Dr. and his 1st wife built the first (smaller) mansion. Second wife (not sure what happened to the first one) refused to live in the house so they built a second (larger) one in front. The groundskeeper lived in a smaller home on the property and there were at one time several hundred acres, which was divided and sold (some for use on the Byram Clinton Parkway)...

Anonymous said...

The House that Friede Goldman Halter built. Not really surprising...

Anonymous said...

No one has to prove anything. If the insurance company suspects policyholder involvement, it can tie this up until the third coming with paperwork, including bank statements, financial statements, depos, affidavits, pap smears, prostate exams and anything else its long experience tells the company it can get away with demanding under the policy terms (which is a lot - read a HO policy sometime, esp. your own). If the company comes up with ANY plausible evidence to support its suspicions and the insured refuses to comply with any of it, the company can deny the claim. Unless they caught some random person who caused this on the scene, it won't be easy prying the money out of whichever company on something like this.

Anonymous said...

As 08/10 @ 10.13 points out, Richard L. Eaton is the registered agent for HDR Properties, which is listed as the owner of the now-incinerated SoJack property. HDR Properties' address, per the Hinds County land rolls is 1550 Cooper Rd - a fairly sizeable home near the airport. However, the address for the registered agent is 500 Steed Rd in Ridgeland, once Hederman Bros, but now home to Morgan White Group. Richard L. Eaton is their CFO. Richard Eaton also has a swankateria in Windrush in Ridgeland.

A search on HDR Properties indicates that the entity owns several parcels of land in SoJack/Byram.

It seems this guy is amassing acreage in South Jackson. The definition of a contrarian investor...

Anonymous said...

Taxes overdue, house burns down. What a coincidence. There is a name for that, something like xxxxxx lightning.

Louis LeFleur said...

Some of the local media refer to this as the "old" Holloway mansion. I had pictures in my head of this being some historic old house in south Jackson, which for whatever reason I didn't remember even though it's been years since I went that way. Now I find out it's just some new mcmansion with overdue taxes.

Anonymous said...

The house and land was probably "purchased" in a tax sale, where the owner has X amount of time to come up with the taxes and penalties, or the tax lien holder can actually own the house.

The tax lien holder is the registered owner until one or the other happens.

Anonymous said...

"The House that Friede Goldman Halter built."

Who did they build it for, an Persian-Italian netporn kingpin?

Anonymous said...

Hate to waste my "breath" with a comment, but I couldn't just troll by.
This is a great loss.
9:55, such a busybody. CLEARLY not a friend.
10:01, way too much time on your hands.
10:09, just a touch creepy.
10:09 aka Denture Cream, just plain damn mean of you. May tooth loss karma come your way.
10:36, detective or mystery writer wanna-be?
Most of you, thinking and wishing the worst on others. Some of it in fun, mostly just mean and negative. Be kind. It's Friday.

Anonymous said...

I hate to see anything burn, and this house was beautiful. So sad to be pretty sure it was arson. Horrible. I hate it.

Shannon McCallum said...

JL sold the house in 2004. He did not get asking price and had already moved to Bridgewater. The fact EIFS was used to build the home would cause it to be very flammable and hard to get insurance on.

Anonymous said...

Fast forward to August 9, 2028. This just in. A five alarm fire is raging at the old Holloway penthouse in the 505 Tower downtown. A guard on the scene identified as Phil Bryant said he'd seen an illegal alien hanging around earlier in the day. "I haven't seen anything burn like that since President Trump's hair caught on fire standing next to the burning cross. He was such a fine Christian man." said Bryant. More details later. Back to you Sean.

Anonymous said...

Spontaneous combustion. The insurance papers were rubbing against the mortgage!!

Anonymous said...

This house was a landmark in the Byram area. The Holloway’s built it when property values in the Byram area had great value and soaring!
It was the talk of the town when being built. The family was very involved in Byram when they lived here. They weren’t uppity and always seemed to fit in just fine. Loved to drive by during the holidays and admire the beautiful decorations displayed by the former and current Mrs.
Hate to loose such a beauty! Saw someone cutting the other day and my hopes were high that this lovely lady would soon be a home again. The Holloway Mansion, as us Byram folk refer to it will be missed!

Anonymous said...

With apologies to my friends with Israeli connections, when I was growing up in the Delta, we always called that Jewish Lightning.

Anonymous said...

"This house was a landmark in the Byram area." 'Cause anywhere else it would have been an Iranian disco. "They weren’t uppity and always seemed to fit in just fine." Just like Jed, Ellie Mae, Jethro and Granny. The role of Mr. Drysdale is a pick 'em.

Anonymous said...

The insurance company will send in a Special Investigator, probably Johnny Dollar. He's one of the best around.

Anonymous said...

KF, I don't know why so many of your posters spout off with no knowledge of facts.

I work with a lot of clients who wait until their property is about to mature to the tax buyers. They are paying 18% interest on taxes. Not a good way to do business in my opinion but it's their money.

Now as to JL's taxes on this property. Going back to the 2001 taxes I found that taxes have been paid every year prior to going to tax sale in August. It's no big deal, just a lot of low intelligent posters who remind me of the fake news people in the MSN networks.

Anonymous said...

Attn 10;17 "Going through life drunk and stupid" is not a good idea>

Anonymous said...

I ate dinner with Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott at Holloway's house. fine dining indeed. Still got the pics.

Anonymous said...

Shannon wrote, "The fact EIFS was used to build the home would cause it to be very flammable and hard to get insurance on."

That's not universally true, but it is amusing that a new money redneck used poor man's stucco to build his "mansion" and then lined the damned thing with marble and Carol Burnett's drapes. Typical big and flashy, cheaply-made, and tackier than a mouse tray.

Anonymous said...

Sorry @8:51, but at the time this house was built EIFS was more expensive that stucco. When properly applied EIFS (Pleco, Dryvit and many other brands) are much better suited to the expansive soils in this area. So don't down the owner/builder for using a top notch product just because you've heard horror stories. I am surprised that you and others haven't made snide comments about the "fake" columns on the house that are still standing. Obviously they are not "real" wood or they would have burned in that inferno. Most likely they are fiberglass. There are not many 25 year old wood columns that have not suffered significant damage from rot and termites. Seems like a smart choice to me. Oh, what about all the steel structure in the house? I guess that detracts from its value since it's not all wood. It sounds to me like you are jealous of Mr. Holloway and his self-made fortune!

Anonymous said...

Obviously and unarguably, Kingfish has somebody else on the radar button on weekends.

Anonymous said...

10:35 am

You missed the point.

Fake stucco can cost whatever.....it’s plastic....and it’s “cheaper” in taste to wood or brick.

In a state of antebellum homes.....this thing was atrocious from an esthetics stand point.

Anonymous said...

10;35 am: This really isn't the appropriate forum for construction materials and techniques debate, but if EIFS was more expensive in the Jackson area, folks were being overcharged. From what others have said, the house was built circa 1990s. By that time the various issues with it were pretty well known. Properly done real stucco should have been more expensive than synthetic (EIFS) when the house was built. One of the touted things about it then was that it did not require workers with special skills to apply so it was (or should have been) cheaper. If it was used back then and the owner paid more than real stucco, it is even more amusing. I admit I am not a fan of this type of thing and it is a "love it or hate it" product. Most knowledgeable people I know consider it a limited and commercial use product and in my experience those that tout it for residential use are the ones selling it for that use. As far as I know, in Europe where is was first developed and there is a much longer experience with it, it is not used for residential construction.

Lastly, 6:37 PM makes a good point. This "mansion" was your typical redneck-done-got-money craptastrophy. I cannot imagine anyone being jealous of it, but I have no doubt up and coming almost-rich rednecks aspire to have such a "mansion." I suspect it is because that very type aspire to own such a thing, even when they cannot quite afford it, is precisely the reason it is now a smoldering ashpile.

Anonymous said...

Plainly, the history of Freide Goldman Halter is not well-known among JJ readers. Most, if not all, of those Mississippi connected people involved at or near the top of it and/or the various merged companies in the 20 years prior to its bankruptcy were and are, to be charitable, unfamiliar with ethical business practices.

Anonymous said...

Well Aware of Halter Marine
Hope we are not following the Match $tick$
Uh oh ....
Even Supposed Good People Do
Stupid Things When They Get Their
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