The Cudabac-Gantt House derives its significance from its architectural character, being one of only three known surviving examples of Neo-Classical Revival residential architecture in Jackson County. The other two examples are the O’Keefe House in Ocean Springs, which is a high-style example that is in a National Register district, and the Captain Clinton House in Pascagoula, which is a simpler example than the O’Keefe and Cudabac-Gantt houses.
The Cudabac-Gantt House is significant because it was converted in 1907 from the Italianate style to the Neo-Classical Revival mode, illustrating the dramatic change of taste from the picturesque back to the classical and representing the represents the prosperity in Moss Point and Jackson County in the early twentieth century that resulted from the timber industry. Built circa 1875 by Hiram M. Cuciabac, the house appears to have originally been constructed in the vernacular Italianate style. Although no photographs or written documentation that would establish the original appearance of the house are available, it is apparent that the original design of the house was in the vernacular Italianate style, having such features as a rectangular box shape; hipped roof with wide eaves supported by brackets; long, narrow window openings; a bay window; picturesque corbelled chimneys; and chamfered square posts, which are located on the rear porch. The house retains a high degree of integrity from its 1907 remodeling. In 1880, Hiram M. Cudabac sold the house to Mr. E. K. Gantt, who was responsible for the 1907 remodeling. Mr. Hosea A. Fails bought the house in 1930, and in 1940 sold it to Mr. W. H. Nelson. The house is now the home of the Jackson County Small Business Incubator.
Address: 4836 Main Street
City: Moss Point
Hours of operation: Point of interest only (private business)
Accessibility: wheelchair accessible ramp; this is a private business with no public bathroom