The story of a historic elementary school's transformation into a home is told in an episode of "You Live In What?" premiering Friday, May 25th on the Great American Country channel (GAC).
A former schoolhouse built over 100 years ago in Bay St. Louis will be featured in “You Live In What?” a popular HGTV series. The new episode premiers on Friday, May 25, at 8pm CST on HGTV’s affiliate channel, Great American Country Network (GAC).
The Webb Schoolhouse was built in 1913 as a school for first through fourth graders. In 2002, it was purchased and restored, and now serves as the home of Larry and Ellis Anderson Jaubert. The building is deemed one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the state and has the highest historic designation offered by Mississippi – Landmark status.
Local realtor Holly Lemoine-Raymond acts as an informal scout for “You Live in What” and other HGTV productions. In the past two years, she’s pitched several historic buildings in Bay St. Louis to producers at Beyond Media, the company that has produced five seasons of the show for HGTV's GAC Network.
Here's the upcoming viewing schedule for the episode that includes Bay St. Louis's Webb Schoolhouse
The team has apparently fallen hard for Bay St. Louis. The Webb School is the fourth historic Bay St. Louis building to be featured in the series.
The production team filmed the episode in January 2018. Beyond Media producer, Brantley Ferrell and his team spent most of the day filming at Webb School for what eventually would be boiled down to a four-minute segment.
Ferrell called the Bay St. Louis experience “outstanding,” and cited the team’s main reasons for returning frequently: “the beautiful Southern coastal setting, friendly and eclectic people and incredible food.”
“Ellis Anderson's benevolent hospitality made our entire crew feel like family. And [Webb School] carries with it such a fascinating story and preservation of the past… we were blessed to have been able to make it part of ‘You Live in What,” says Ferrell.
Ferrell credits Lemoine-Raymond with introducing the team to Bay St. Louis and acting as their personal tour guide when they’re in town filming.
The realtor says she believed from the beginning that the transformation of Webb School into a home would be a great story.
“I can’t wait to see this beautiful, historic building featured in the show,” says Lemoine-Raymond. “It’s another opportunity for our little community to be featured on a global stage!”
Meanwhile, Ferrell and his crew are hoping for another opportunity next season to return to the Bay’s historic district.
“Make no mistake,” he says. “Bay St. Louis is at the top of our travel list.”