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King Edward Hotel

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http://www.kingedwardhoteljackson.com

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The King Edward Hotel has taken a rundown building and restored it lovingly back to life to a jackson icon.

Credit to: Sarah Hunt




The King Edward has brought life back into Downtown Jackson. Since it's opening the areas around it have blossomed too with new businesses & renovations.


Credit to: 16 WAPT News Jackson


The King Edward Hotel (originally called the Edwards Hotel) has dominated the western edge of Jackson’s downtown since it was built in 1923. Even before that, the hotel’s history went back to the 19th century, welcoming visitors to the capitol city as they got off the train at the railroad depot across the street. Legislators made the hotel their home when they were in town for their session; businessmen, and visitors from small-town Mississippi also stayed here, held dances, weddings, and other celebrations and community events here.

Designed by New Orleans architect William T. Nolan in a Neoclassical style, the hotel underwent a name change and an interior update in the 1950s. This is when the “King Edward Hotel” sign first graced the Jackson skyline; an escalator was added to the lobby, the grand ballroom was made less grand, and an elevated pool was added to the rear of the building. Within only a few years after these updates, in 1967, the hotel closed, a victim of the decline of downtown hotels, and according to some, of racial integration...

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Credit to: Mississippi Preservation

https://misspreservation.com/backstories/jacksons-king-edward-hotel/

Standing in line at the Reservoir Winn-Dixie's grand opening Saturday, Jan. 29, you could feel the excitement surging throughout the store from not only customers but store employees as well. After all, Deuce was in the house. Men, women and children waited with glee to offer shirts, jerseys, hats and lots of footballs for New Orleans running back Dulymus "Deuce" McAllister to sign.

He's also doing big things for the city of Jackson.

McAllister, in the spirit of downtown development, is the most famous investor in the plan by the New Orleans-based Historic Renovations Inc. to renovate the historic King Edward Hotel into condominiums and shops, announced in late
2004...

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Credit to: Ayana Taylor, The Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2005/feb/06/the-jfp-interview-deuce-mcallister/

"Hidden poker rooms & stair cases were found once the renovations were started"

Credit to: 16 WAPT News Jackson


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