Bob and Virginia Meyer knew their home, which his father bought in 1934 in Gulf Hills was built well and had withstood a lot of storms. Even with the force of Hurricane Katrina, which pushed 10 feet of water though the 8,800-square-foot home, it still stood up.|
"It could be rebuilt. We've got a building permit and a few people are looking," Meyer said. "Structurally, it's still in good shape."
He cited 2-by-10-foot yellow-pine studs and extra-heavy Spanish tile.
13801 Arbor Circle in Ocean Springs was built by George Litton, a Chicago clothier, who sold it during the Great Depression for $17,000 to Meyer's father, a well-known Chicago surgeon, Dr. Karl Meyer.
After six months in Chicago, Bob and Virginia relocated after Katrina to another home on the 11th hole of Gulf Hills golf course.
"When we got back I was talking to a lady at the utility department," he recalled. "When she took my request and responded, 'Thank you, darling,' I knew I was back home."
Meyer enjoyed the Coast as a youngster and graduated from the Gulf Coast Military Academy. He went on to serve in the Army in the war and was a hospital administrator in Onarga, Ill., before retiring to Gulf Hills.
They enjoyed the family home, especially the water, fishing, boating, golfing and "gorgeous sunsets."
- GARY HOLLAND