In Pass Christian, Mississippi, the aptly named Scenic Drive features a refurbished residence originally owned and designed by New Orleans architect James Lamantia. Sadly, he passed away before his plan to properly restore significant damage from Hurricane Katrina, but that would not deter the current owners from making the 1940s home their own. While visiting the area, the wife, a Mississippi native, fell in love with the notion of living there part time. “The beachfront house came with a huge parcel and a pretty little cottage on the property,” says their architect, Leah Watters, AIA, owner of Pass Christian–based Watters Architecture.

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