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Edison Walthall Hotel renovation underway

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A piece of Mississippi history with Jackson roots will soon reopen its doors for business. Renovation is underway at the historic Edison Walthall Hotel on Pearl Street.

The more than 80 year old building that will soon be turned into Jackson's newest apartment complex. And the best part about the demolition and reconstruction, crews are salvaging and restoring the lobby to resemble the hotel back in the 1920's.

"Late 1800's biblical glass," said General Contractor J. R. Durham. "That's a late, early 1900's chair that I wish pretty much could talk. All the wood is all mahogany, 1900 mahogany."

In 1928, the one time bakery opened as the Edison Walthall Hotel named after Brigadier General Edward Walthall of the Confederate Army. Durham says traces of Walthall, who later became a U.S. Senator in 1885, are among the obsolete details that will hang on the remodeled walls.

"You're on the first floor that was originally built in the early 1900's which is going to be restored back to its original value," said Durham.

From the barber shop, bar and library to the restaurant, gift shop and marble countertops; President of Downtown Jackson Partners, Ben Allen, says the legacy of the historical hotel will greet incoming residents and guests.

"There will be 120 apartments," said Allen. "We've got 309 apartments in downtown that all are leased with a waiting list. Market research is showing that we need over two thousand. We fully believe that they will be full within two to three months after they open."

The hotel has been gutted and will turn into a lavish living spot with different sized apartment units. From mattresses to rugs and desks, these are all items that were taken out during the demo process, some of these items Durham says were sold.

"We have given away a lot of it," added Durham. "We gave a lot of it away to homeless shelters, various churches, some people who have had their houses destroyed by fire."

The builders should begin transforming the bare concrete slabs in the next 60 to 90 days.

The owner of the hotel is based out of Houston, Texas, but has family ties to the Jackson area.

The demolition part of the project should wrap up by February and the entire project is expected to be finished in the summer of 2016.

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