Car rams into Magnolia Hotel

A car rammed into the historic Magnolia Hotel which houses the Mardi Gras Museum in Biloxi. The accident happened Monday evening just after seven.

Inside the hotel, which is now the Mardi Gras Museum, were Biloxi Historical Administrator Director Bill Raymond, along with about 20 other people for a meeting. "I saw a flash of light, heard the crash and felt the building shake," said Raymond who was only 20 feet away from the impact.

Raymond said the car knocked the corner of the building off two inches, took out the handicapped ramp, the railings on the porch and damaged two of the brick piers that hold the house up. "That corner of the porch will have to be torn off and rebuilt," said Raymond.

The cost to make the repairs is still being totaled. But Raymond said, "It will be a decent size project and will have to go out to bid."

No word yet on why the driver hit the Magnolia Hotel. Biloxi Police are investigating, but have yet to determine the cause of the accident.  No arrests have been made.

Raymond said, "The Magnolia hotel is the only historic antebellum hotel structure on the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

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