The Bond-Grant House, which is home to the Biloxi Main Street organization, was constructed in Queen Anne style with neo-classical character.
The house was built between 1904 and 1907 by seafood pioneer-philanthropist William K.M. Dukate as a wedding gift for his daughter Vera, who married B.A. Bond. She later married R. Hart Chinn, who served as mayor of Biloxi from 1933 to 1935 and from 1951 to 1953. Vera Dukate Bond Chinn lived in the house until 1921, when it was purchased by W.J. Grant and family. Nearly 50 years later, in 1964, the Grant family sold the house to First Baptist Church of Biloxi.
The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino later bought the property on the south side of Howard Avenue where the home stood, and in January 2006 donated the house to Biloxi Main Street, which is an organization designed to promote downtown Biloxi. The house was moved to the north side of Howard Avenue, and in March 2006 a restoration project began.
Restoration was completed in May 2008, and the house was dedicated as the headquarters for Main Street and the city's downtown services office. For a time, the Bond-Grant House also served as the city's temporary visitors center, after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the visitors center on the Town Green in 2005. The Bond-Grant House returned to being a full-time Main Street headquarters in July 2011, when the city opened the new Biloxi Visitors Center north of the Biloxi Lighthouse.
Telephone: (228) 435-6339
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 932 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 39530
Directions: From U.S. 90 at Beau Rivage, travel north on Caillavet Street.
Turn left at first traffic signal, onto Howard Avenue. The Bond-Grant House is one block West on your right, at the corner of Howard Avenue and Bohn Street.