In Jackson just south of the Veterans Memorial Stadium is a group of buildings dubbed University Plaza that were developed c.1954 when University of Mississippi opened its medical school on the other side of North State Street. While some of the more prominent buildings of this grouping have suffered demolition, others seem to be used and well cared for.
Recently I stumbled across a September 1956 edition of Architectural South [AS-1956-09 J.T. Liddle] that featured a medical office designed by Jay T. Liddle. The article didn’t give up much information about the location but did provide the doctors names as Cyrus Johnson and Julius Wiener. Hmm I was sure I had seen J.T. Liddle and a Dr. Wiener mentioned in the same breath before. Thanks to a detailed biography written by his son I was able to determine not only where Julius Wiener’s clinic is located, but also where I had seen J.T. Liddle and Dr. Wiener mentioned before. It was Julius’s brother Dr. William Wiener who commissioned his cousins William & Samuel Wiener as Architects and J.T. Liddle, Associated Architect to design Dr. William’s house in Jackson’s Woodland Hills.
In this medical office building, Architect Jay T. Liddle, Jr., of Jackson, Miss., has designed equal space facilities for two urologist who are joint owners of the building, but who are not professionally associated. Each physician continued his private and separate practice of medicine, the physicians being Dr. Cyrus C. Johnson and Dr. Julian Wiener.
For economy of space and construction cost, it was decided that certain rooms could be used by each physician, with one central heating and air conditioning system. The consultation-examination-treatment section for each doctor was located along the preferred exterior wall of each suite, with joint facilities located between and at the end of the two interior circulation corridors.
Although each physician has his individual cystoscopic x-ray room for radiographic examinations, only one control unit area and dark room was provided with easy access from both cysto rooms. The one laboratory-utility room and joint waiting rooms are located for convenient access to both circulation corridors.
The building has masonry exterior walls, with structural steel frame with steel roof deck. Wood stud partitions are plastered and panelled. Acoustical tile ceilings and terrazzo floors are used throughout. Lemlar metal jalousies on the east and west windows enable sun and heat reduction control. Charles P. McMullan was the associate architect, with Hamilton-Shultz-Lake as mechanical engineers and Campbell Construction Company as the general contractor.
Not exactly sure how this little building ended up in Architectural South. AS was a small magazine published in Charlotte, NC. The publication’s advertisers appear to be mostly window manufactures of which Liddle may have been a patron. Whatever the case from Google Maps view the building looks used and in decent shape today. Maybe a Jackson reader familiar with the building can give us a better current condition description and perhaps even a photo?