Originally the center of Jackson’s society and political events, the hotel was built in 1929, renovated in the 1960s, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
The King Edward Hotel, which had been abandoned for over 40 years and was a reminder of Jackson’s troubled past, underwent a massive six-year, $84 million renovation project under the joint partnership of Jackson developer David Watkins’ group, Watkins Partners, and Historic Renovation Incorporated of New Orleans.
The 12-story historic building includes 186 Hilton Garden Inn hotel rooms, with 64 luxury apartments on the top two floors. The renovation of this building marks the end of a long journey that began with the approval of the redevelopment plan in 2004 and faced numerous hurdles and escalating building costs.
The King Edward Hotel, originally opened in 1922, was a favorite gathering place for state legislators and dealmakers during the Prohibition era. However, it eventually fell on hard times and closed its doors in 1967. However, with this redevelopment, the building has been restored to its former glory, with the exterior and the first two floors being renovated back to their original grandeur.