HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The restoration and expansion work on the Ogletree Alumni House at Southern Miss is nearing completion.
The home has been undergoing significant changes over the last year-and-a-half as crews renovate the historic building and add a significant addition to the property. Originally built in 1912, the structure was the president of the University's house until the 1970s.
It was named after USM's longtime Director of Alumni Relations Powell Ogletree in 1987. Bob Pierce is the University's current executive director of alumni activities.
"And this is the first major restoration project it has ever had so we are very pleased with the design, we are very pleased with the beauty and the aesthetics of the facility," said Pierce. "It does have a lot of history. You can't have a building that's almost 100-years-old and not have a lot of history to it."
The Ogletree House is one of the University's five original buildings. Officials plan to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony in September to celebrate the renovation project.