Update on Meridian Police Department
At the October 17 meeting of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees, the trustees voted to consider the Meridian Police Department as a Mississippi Landmark. The City of Meridian has requested permission to demolish this outstanding modernist building, but has not announced any plans for the site. To my knowledge, the city has not considered any alternatives to demolition. This building could have a bright future as an office building, apartment complex or super cool hotel. Unless we ask the question of whether there is a way to repurpose the Meridian Police Department, how can we know that demolition is the right answer?
If you are from Meridian, please reach out to your elected officials and ask them to consider options other than demolition for the Meridian Police Department.
If you are from anywhere, and care about what happens to one of Mississippi’s finest examples of modernist architecture, let your voice be heard. Write to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and ask that the Board of Trustees designate the building as a Mississippi Landmark at its January 2015 meeting.
Letters can be addressed to:
Kane Ditto, President
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Board of Trustees
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205
Meridian Police Station, Meridian, Lauderdale County. The Meridian Police Station is a one- and two-story brick-veneer steel structure renovated and expanded from an earlier laundry building in 1977 by the office of Meridian’s pre-eminent Modernist, Chris Risher, Sr. The long north façade faces the Beaux Arts City Hall across the street and helps define this two-block civic space. Risher’s signature black and white brick veneer emphasizes the building’s dramatic horizontal line, reinforced by a long covered walk that acts as a sun-breaker (brise soleil) for the large plate-glass windows. : As one of Mississippi’s most outstanding works of Modernism, the police station is of exceptional architectural significance at the statewide level. Recognized at its inception as a special work, and accepted for decades as the pinnacle of Chris Risher’s career, the building has also influenced many Mississippi architects who studied the building while at Mississippi State University. Designation requested by the City of Meridian. MDAH Board of Trustees designated the building on September 22, 2015.
John Poros with MSU School of Architecture sums it up-the Meridian Police Department matters.
Categories: Demolition/Abandonment, Meridian, Mississippi Landmarks, MS Dept. of Archives and History