Category Archives: Mississippi

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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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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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