Meridian, Mississippi (Lauderdale County)
“A magnificent monument to the growth and progress of the City of Meridian,” as stated by the Threefoot Realty Company brochure shortly before its opening in 1930, the Threefoot Building was the premier office building in east central Mississippi. It was named after its first owners, the Threefoot brothers, who were part of a successful Jewish-German family in Meridian. Standing 16 stories, it is the tallest building in Meridian. Designed by C. H. Lindsley, who was known for monumental building designs, the Threefoot Building is great example of Art Deco architecture, with classic setbacks and polychrome terra cotta accenting the first-floor granite water table and the upper-floor spandrels and parapets. The building also boasts an ornamental Art Deco lobby decorated with marble flooring and wainscoting, plastered cast walls and ceilings, and etched bronze panel elevator doors with decorative dial indicators above each elevator. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and designated as a Mississippi Landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 2008.
2015 Update – In Progress
In September 2015, the City of Meridian sold the Threefoot Building to a developer with plans to restore the building as a Marriott hotel, giving the hope of a bright new future for the historic building. An active citizens group, Threefoot Preservation Society, are contributing to the work of restoring the historic building. Volunteers meet monthly for clean up days and have made their way to restoring the second floor of the building.