Category Archives: Mississippi

Focus

Things have been extremely busy here these past few weeks.  I have accomplished a great deal in terms of work, research, and preparing for my role as President of the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi chapter.  Yesterday was a … Continue reading

Posted in Mississippi | Tagged | 2 Comments

Standard Life Building: The towering Art Deco of 1929

When I arrived at the historic King Edward Hotel (now known as the Hilton Garden Inn) last Tuesday afternoon, I opened the drapes to check my view, and spied the Standard Life building.  Little did I know at the time … Continue reading

Posted in Art Deco architecture, Historic Downtowns, Mississippi | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Hotel King Edward

Suzassippi slept here… I was in Jackson Tuesday night and Wednesday for Advocacy Day at the Capitol.  I decided to stay at the historic former King Edward, now operated as a Hilton Garden Inn.  Can you believe in that gorgeous … Continue reading

Posted in Mississippi | Tagged | 5 Comments

E. F. Young, Jr.: Meridian Entrepreneur

In addition to his manufacturing company, E. F. Young, Jr., Meridian, Mississippi’s only Negro manufacturer, owns and operates a beauty and barber shop with which is also conducted an efficient beauty school where barbers and beauticians are trained.  He is … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Black Business Districts, Historic Downtowns, Mississippi | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Looking beyond where you were looking

I have been planning a post on the E. L. Young Hotel in Meridian for some time now–ever since I took the photographs back in August.  The Young Hotel was part of the research on the Victor Green travel book–accommodations … Continue reading

Posted in brick work, Historic Black Business Districts, Historic Downtowns, Mississippi | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Stevens Kitchen on Farish Street

Number 604 N. Farish Street–like other locations in the district–has a storied past.  From 1947 until 1961, Shepherd’s Kitchenette was listed in Victor Greeen’s Travel Guide for the African American motorist as located at this address.  According to Flucker and … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Black Business Districts, Mississippi | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

“When did the focus change from the Farish Street Historic District?”

Rosalind McCoy Sibley asked that question, and it needs an answer (Farish Street-A Slightly Different Perspective, Jackson Advocate, 2015).  I do not have it, and apparently, neither does any one else who has followed the “miscalculated missteps” of the project, … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Black Business Districts, Mississippi | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Historic Downtowns, Mississippi | Tagged , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Art Deco architecture, Historic Downtowns, Mississippi | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in 101 places in Mississippi, Art Deco architecture, Historic Downtowns, Mississippi | Tagged , , | 4 Comments