Big Yellow House

The former Andrews home in Hernando is one of the very few historically significant homes left in close proximity to the historic Hernando Square.

Robert Long|DTT

The stately yellow house at 2557 West Street in Hernando sits empty now.

The turn-of-the-century mansion dates to 1910, and in later years was home to a wealthy man who owned property in Sardis.

Many longtime Hernando residents will recall it was the home of the Andrews family.

Across the street, another home which rivaled its splendor, was known as the old McIngvale House, which was torn down to make room for the "new" DeSoto County Administrative Building in the 1990s.

Longtime residents are hoping the Andrews' home, known colloquially as the "Big Yellow House" doesn't meet the same fate.

The house, which features a wide gallery and spacious rooms, along with plenty of nostalgic charm, was on the real estate market for six months with no takers.

Developer Jim Seay, who owns the house property, recently sought a rezoning to office from residential to potentially allow a law office to be located in the home.

However, some neighbors opposed the office rezoning and Seay decided to withdraw his request to have the property rezoned.

"The house sat on the market for six months," Seay told members of the Hernando City Board at a recent meeting of the board. "There were no takers. We didn't have any takers for a residence."

Seay's immediate plans are to preserve the home, according to Seay.

In a phone conversation Monday, Seay said he has no plans to do anything other than find a buyer or a renter for the property.

"If we could find a family that wants it, that would great," Seay said. "The house has so much character. It's one of the very few that we have left."

Ironically, Seay, who is a commercial developer but also a preservationist, has helped save or preserve more than a half dozen historically significant properties in Hernando.

"I want to fix it up but it needs a lot of work," Seay said.

Ward 4 Alderman Michael McLendon said he is concerned as to why the home, located just one block from the historic town square, is not located in a historic district.

The answer appears to be that most of the other historic structures around it have been torn down.

The home is one of the very last of architecturally significant houses which used to ring the historic Hernando Square.

"The reason the home is not in the (historic) district is that it's one of the few left in the area," Director of Planning Keith Briley said.

More modern ranch-style suburban homes are located adjacent to the home with the sprawling parking lot of the DeSoto County Administrative Building located across the street.

McLendon said the beautiful old home needs to be preserved at all costs.

"It's the city's image that is at stake," McLendon said. "The city's image and the high quality of life. Is there a great need for office?"

"It's an excellent buffer," offered Ward 3 Alderman Gary Higdon of an office designation.

The home and property will retain its residential zoning classification for now.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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