Just 10 days after it was named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, the demolition of the Sun-n-Sand Motor Hotel has begun.
On Thursday afternoon, a Facebook group called “Save Jxn” posted a picture of the scene, in which workers can be seen tearing down the hotel that was once considered “the home away from home for Mississippi legislators.”
In 2019, the state purchased the Sun-n-Sand for a reported $1.1 million, publicly stating its intention to demolish the building and construct a parking lot for capitol district employees and visitors.
According to the Mississippi Heritage Trust, the complete demolition of the site plus the construction of the parking lot will cost an estimated $2,095,000.
Originally built in 1960, the Sun-n-Sand closed its doors for good on September 30, 2001.