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Walking Tour 1

An area gifted with a rich cultural heritage and history, there is much to see in Downtown Jackson. Beautiful architecture and elegantly restored buildings add to the character of Downtown. Take a walk and explore Downtown Jackson with Walking Tour 1 and try Walking Tour 2 when you are finished.


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1.  Thalia Mara Hall  
The Jackson Municipal Auditorium was built in 1968 and renamed Thalia Mara Hall in 1996 after acclaimed dancer Thalia Mara. The auditorium is owned and operated by the city and hosts plays, concerts, musicals and the symphony; it is home to the International Ballet Competition.

2.  Arts Center of Mississippi
The Arts Center serves as the host venue for art and cultural organizations. The Mississippi Opera, Muslim Museum, the Symphony and other groups are located in the facility.

3.  Russell C. Davis Planetarium
Experience the wonders of the heavens and the earth through a magnificent hemispheric theater. Enjoy large-format films, laser light concerts, and sky shows.

4.  Mississippi Museum of Art
The Mississippi Museum of Art holds an extensive collection of more than 3,000 pieces of art created by Mississippians. The Museum hosts large scale exhibits and offers several educational programs for adults and children throughout the year.

5.  Jackson Convention Complex
The Jackson Convention Complex combines cutting-edge technology with versatile, comfortable meeting spaces. The 330,000 square foot facility features 146,000 square feet of meeting space, encompassing a 60,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 25,000-square-foot ballroom, and 33,000 square feet of lobbies, concourse, and pre-function areas.

6.  Standard Life Building
One of most photographed buildings in Jackson, the Standard Life Building, designed in the Art Deco style, stands 18 stories tall with terrazzo floors illuminating the lobby. The building was built in five months and 15 days in 24- hour work shifts and now includes 76 apartments and retail space.

7.  Union Station
This train station flourished between 1900 and 1924. It was also known as the Illinois Central Passenger Depot & Freight Office. In 2003, the train station reopened after an extensive restoration.

8.  Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal Building
The only federal building in the U.S. to bear the name of an African-American, Dr. McCoy was a highly respected businessman who held real estate, mineral rights and oil leases. The building stands on a portion of the former site of Dr. McCoy’s building, where he conducted business for forty years.

9.  The Hill Holly Building
The Hill-Holly Building is a two-story "Classic Revival" brick building. Initially named Hills Hall, it was commissioned by Thomas Hill and built in 1913 by Francis Blair Hull, the notable owner of F. B. Hull Construction.

10. The Alamo Theater
The theater was built in the early 1940s. It was one of the last Dual Purpose theaters in America functioning as a cinema and a performing arts theater.

11. Central United Methodist Church
The church was organized in 1890 with the present day structure built in 1962. The building is important to the area since many leaders of Black Mississippi attended the church as a meeting place during the Civil Rights movement.

12. Farish Street Baptist Church
It is one of the oldest African-American Churches in the Farish Street Historic District. Farish Street Baptist Church was founded on May 3, 1893.

13. Smith Robertson Museum
The Museum holds artifacts that represent the African-American Mississippian’s experience in the fields of history, art, music, and literature. The facility was formerly Smith Robertson Elementary, the first public school for African-American children in Jackson.

14. E.T. Woolfolk State Office Building
This historic, stately structure was built in 1949 and houses several state offices. A memorial, dedicated to Mississippi veterans of all wars, is located on the grounds.

15. Mississippi Department of Transportation

16. Central High School
Parts of this building may date as early as 1888-89. Its present Collegiate Gothic appearance is due to major remodeling in 1925. Currently, it houses offices for the Mississippi Department of Education.

17. Robert E. Lee Building
The building was built in 1930 as a luxury hotel in the Italian Renaissance style. In 1969, it was remodeled for state offices.

18. Greyhound Bus Terminal
Now offices for architect Robert Parker Adams, the building was completed in 1936 and constructed in the Art Moderne style.

19. Marriot Hotel
The Marriott Hotel is Jackson’s largest hotel with 303 guest rooms. There are 19 floors, a cocktail lounge and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch & dinner.

20. Catholic Diocese Office
Designed by architect James T. Canizaro, it was built in the Georgian Revival style and was completed in 1946.

21. Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle
Built in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, this cathedral was constructed 1897-1900. A mosaic of the Gospel of John 10:16 was added in 1959 and is located above the door.

22. St. Peter’s Rectory
This building was built in 1921 in the Greek Revival style. It is the official residence of the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson and of the Rector of the Cathedral.

23.  James O. Eastland U.S. Courthouse
E.L. Malvaney designed this building in the Art Deco style as a federal building and U.S. Post Office.  It was built 1932-34 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 as part of the Smith Park Architectural District.

24. Regions Plaza Mall
The Regions Plaza Mall offers an assortment of shopping opportunities and restaurants.