Iconic Jackson Hotel May Be Saved from Wrecking Ball

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A downtown Jackson hotel may be saved from demolition if it can become a historic landmark. Trustees for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History are considering a designation for the Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel; it opened in the 1960s near the state Capitol and closed in 2001. In 2005 Mississippi Heritage Trust put the Sun-N-Sand on its list of the state’s 10 most endangered historic places, and the trust recently asked Archives and History to consider landmark status. The state purchased the property for $1 million this year. State employees have been using the parking lot, but the buildings are boarded up. In July the state department of finance announced plans to tear down the building but keep its iconic midcentury sign.


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