October 27, 2020

Historic capital hotel slated for demolition may be saved by possible state landmark designation

A hotel that was a gathering spot for Mississippi lawmakers and lobbyists may be saved if it can become a historic landmark.

Trustees for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History have put downtown Jackson’s Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel on consideration for a state landmark designation.

WAPT-TV reports that a 30-day public comment period began Nov. 5. After that ends, trustees will decide on the designation.

The Sun-N-Sand opened in the 1960s near the state Capitol. It closed in 2001, and the buildings have been deteriorating.

On July 10, the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration announced its intent to tear down the building but keep its iconic midcentury sign.