Renovated 1920s Hotel Pays Homage to Meridian Railroad History | Mississippi News

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MERIDIAN, Mississippi (AP) – A historic building in eastern Mississippi built in the late 1920s has reopened as a hotel.

The Threefoot Hotel in Meridian opened this week after years of renovations and restoration work by Ascent Hospitality, LLC, the company that owns the property.

The 16-story Art Deco structure was built in 1929 and is the tallest building in eastern Mississippi, according to a press release. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and designated a Mississippi Monument in 2008.

Before its renovation, the building was an office space. It had been vacant since the 1990s and local leaders set out to preserve it in the mid-2000s. Meridian City Council approved a sales contract for the building in October 2015.

The renovated hotel has 110 luxury rooms, 19 suites and two presidential suites with balconies. The hotel also contains an American farm-to-table restaurant, 6:01 AM Local, and a rooftop bar, The Boxcar. The names honor the city’s railway history in the early 20th century, when five rail lines with 44 daily trains made Meridian the largest city in Mississippi.

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John Tampa, president and CEO of Ascent Hospitality Management Company, said the company has made an effort to preserve the unique mosaic work on the exterior of the building and the marble paneling of the elevator lobby, the floor, the mail and the original Art Deco lighting. The elevator on the ground floor contains its original engraved brass doors, polished during the renovation.

“The building joined the landscape at the turn of the 20th century, when Meridian was a force in the railroad-dominated industry,” John Tampa with Ascent Hospitality Management Company LLC said in the press release. “We’ve brought the Threefoot back in a way that captures that lush feel of the ‘golden age of travel’.”

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