Meridian Police Department
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MS Heritage Trust
N 32° 21.793 W 088° 42.134
16S E 339841 N 3581970
Quick Description: This is one of the 2013 top ten most endangered places in Mississippi. We hope you will enjoy visiting these forgotten places and, in doing so, bring a little life and memory back into each one.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 11/12/2013 1:07:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMJFNJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member tozainamboku
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Significance: Designed by one of Mississippi’s premier Modernist architects, Chris Risher, the Meridian Police Department was constructed 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 State University School of Architecture and Design offering to hold a design charrette to explore possible redevelopment options.

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