42 A BICENTENNIAL HISTORY OF MISSISSIPPI OLD SPANISH FORT THE OLD SPANISH FORT SITS ON THE SHORE OF KREBS LAKE NEAR PASCAGOULA. THE OLD SPANISH FORT IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE OLD FRENCH FORT AND THE LAPOINTE-KREBS HOUSE. The LaPointe-Krebs House is the oldest known building in Mississippi. It is a Mississippi Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The house originally had a barrier on the river frontage side. Between the walls is eighteen inches of infill made from bousillage. Bousillage is a mixture of ground oyster shell, mud, Spanish moss, and animal hair and is commonly found in French-speaking areas. The tabby plaster was made of oyster shells, lime, sand, and water. Tabby plaster was exclusively a British and Spanish design method. Therefore, the LaPointe-Krebs House integrates building techniques from the Euro- pean nations of Spain, France, and England. PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY, COOPER POSTCARD COLLECTION PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY