Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Grand Opera House and Mississippi State’s Riley Center

  The block containing the Marks, Rothenberg & Co store and their Grand Opera House was constructed 1888-1890, designed by architect Gustavus Maurice Torgerson, an immigrant from either Switzerland or Sweden (depending on which census record is used) (Mississippi Department … Continue reading

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Plaza Theater Building: Canton, TX

Canton is a short hop off Interstate 20 heading home from Texas to home in Mississippi.  I was already dragging and had stopped to take a little stretch and headed toward downtown.  The Plaza Theater caught my eye–not particularly because … Continue reading

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Kress Building: Downtown Meridian

The former Kress building is one of several Meridian buildings featuring architectural terra cotta. The S. H. Kress and Company building is a circa 1934 Art Deco building.  It seems a perfect match for Cafe du Monde’s chicory cafe au … Continue reading

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Meridian’s Threefoot Building

‘Ya just cannot be from around here (and read Preservation in Mississippi) and not know about the Threefoot Building.  Meridian’s downtown 15-story skyscraper completed in 1930 earned it the title as the tallest building in Mississippi at the time.  Meridian former … Continue reading

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New Deal in Mississippi: Lauderdale County Courthouse

Meridian’s Lauderdale County Courthouse was substantially redesigned by a Public Works Administration funded grant.  The 1905 Beaux Arts building designed by P. J. Krouse was transformed into an Art Deco structure. (Linda Ford, 2004, Meridian Downtown Historic District nomination form for … Continue reading

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Palace Auditorium

Farish Street’s Palace Auditorium was constructed c. 1911.  In 2014, the Business Journal  reported The circa 1911 Palace Auditorium, 318 North Farish Street, is the lone building on the 300 block deemed to “contribute” to the cultural and historic value of … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace, Farish Street Historic District

My current research on the Green Book Travel Guide took me to Jackson for the weekend.  Though my primary purpose was photographing extant sites from listings for Jackson, I can never pass up the opportunity for any interesting or unique … Continue reading

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