Several of Jackson’s historical buildings have received a holiday make-over.
Charter Street Studio, the Gumbo Kitchen and the Pipes McKowen Building have been transformed, the buildings’ windows decorated with intricate window displays and twinkling lights.
Three East Feliciana residents — Connie Hoffman McMillin, of Jackson; P.H. Price, of Clinton; and Faye Hoffman Talbot, of Jackson — added the holiday accoutrements to the buildings on Charter Street.
Talbot said the Gumbo Kitchen has been decorated with holiday-themed china figurines while Charter Street Studio has been trussed up with Christmas village scenes and has a 3-foot tall nativity scene in its attic, which can be seen from the street.
“In the Pipes McKowen Building, the windows seem to magically come to life with vintage toys, teddy bears and dolls,” Talbot said.
Talbot and McMillin, sisters, and Price, a friend, said they took it upon themselves to decorate the windows. The sisters belong to the Jackson Assembly, which owns the buildings.
Talbot gives credit to Jackson resident and artist Donna Kilbourne, who decorated the windows of Pipes McKowen last year.
“We decorated Charter Street Studio last year and decided to expand to the Gumbo Kitchen this Christmas. When we heard Donna couldn’t decorate the Pipes McKowen building again, we decorated those, too,” Talbot said.
Talbot said the Gumbo Kitchen and Pipes McKowen buildings are empty, except during the Jackson Assembly Antique and Art show in March, so the friends thought “it would be a fun thing to do.”
The three are Baton Rouge natives who relocated to East Feliciana, Talbot said.
“We all love the area and wanted to share our Christmas cheer,” Talbot said.