Bowen House

The architecture of this home is unique, as it is constructed of blocks made with ground oyster shells and cement.  In 1906 a Ship Island bar pilot, Louis Bowen, contracted with the Gulf Coast Concrete Construction Company to build his home.  The company took advantage of the glut of oyster shells that were discarded by the seafood factories.  The structure exhibits some Queen Anne influences. The unusual roof is a complex of peaks, slopes, and valleys.  The home has remained in the same family since it was built.


Turn right on (north) onto  Lee Street.  Continue north on Lee Street to Back Bay Boulevard.  Turn left (west) onto Back Bay Boulevard and on the  left (west) is the parking sign for the Old Brick House Parking.  The front of the house faces the bay.