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.
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.”
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.”