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Madison Square Center for the Arts

POSTED: May 29th, 2024

Located at 2103 Main Street, the gymnasium was built in 1936 as a PWA project of the New Deal under President Franklin Roosevelt. It was added to the existing Madison-Ridgeland Public School for grades 1-12. The building is a rare example of the Art Deco style used for educational buildings in Mississippi. Notable architectural features include decorative brick work laid to add visual interest, stylized figure sculptures of griffins and low relief letters spelling the school name. The building is a Mississippi Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.