Meridian Police Department
2425 6th Street | Meridian, MS
Designed by prolific Mississippi architect Chris Risher, the Meridian Police Department was constructed in downtown Meridian in 1977. With its banding of dark brick below and light brick above, horizontal strips of windows and layers of horizontal steel canopies supported by steel tubes, the Meridian Police Department is a noteworthy example of the International style of architecture.
In May 2013, the police department moved into its new headquarters, leaving the fate of the Risher building uncertain. On June 26, 2013, Mayor Percy Bland and members of the Meridian City Council expressed concerns to the Meridian Star about whether the building could be converted to another use and stated that the property could potentially be used for parking or other purposes. Architects from around the state have rallied to advocate for the preservation of this iconic Modernist building, with the Mississippi Heritage Trust submitting an application to have the building listed as a Mississippi Landmark and Mississippi State University School of Architecture and Design offering to hold a design charrette to explore possible redevelopment options for the building.
In September 2015, the City of Meridian submitted a letter to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History stating that it supports the Mississippi Landmark listing and is now planning to restore the building for use as the Community Development Department.
Nominated by: Michael Berk, John Poros, Michael Fazio