Victorian Houses of Mississippi

Victorian Houses of Mississippi

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Book DescriptionAlthough Mississippi's antebellum architecture has received wide attention, its late nineteenth-century architectural legacy often goes unrecognized. In 187 full-color photographs Victorian Houses of Mississippi showcases a selection of 143 significant and well-preserved houses that exemplify Victorian tastes in residential design. Close-ups of some of the homes reveal the high level of craftsmanship that went into their design and construction along with such specific details as beautiful spindlework, elaborate gable ornamentation, and striking dormers. Equally impressive are the gorgeous pastel colors that many of the homes still feature.

Architectural historian Richard J. Cawthon summarizes the history of Mississippi's late Victorian residential architecture. Most of the book, however, is devoted to Sherry Pace's photographs of a wide variety of Victorian houses located throughout the state along with brief descriptive captions by Cawthon. Many of the houses depicted exemplify theItalianate style, which was popular from before the Civil War into the 1880s. A larger number illustrate the Queen Anne style, which surpassed the Italianate style in popularity by the 1890s. There are also examples of Gothic Revival, the Second Empire, and the Shingle Style. Many of Mississippi’s major towns and cities are represented, and all of the homes in Victorian Houses of Mississippi are documented by the Historic Preservation Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

This photographic survey of Mississippi is a tour of the state that will be of interest to anyone who cares about its history and architectural legacy.

Featuring homes in: Aberdeen, Anguilla, Batesville, Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Blue Mountain, Bogue Chitto, Brookhaven, Canton, Carrollton, Centreville, Clinton, Columbus, Como, Corinth, Crystal Springs, DeSoto, Edwards, Enterprise, Fernwood, Fulton, Gallman, Grenada, Hattiesburg, Hazlehurst, Hernando, Holly Springs, Jackson, Kosciusko, Laurel, Lexington, Macon, Madison, Magnolia, McHenry, Meridian, Moss Point, Natchez, Oxford, Pascagoula, Port Gibson, Rienzi, Ripley, Rosedale, Sardis, Senatobia, Starkville, Vicksburg, Water Valley, Wesson, West, West Point, Winona, Woodville, and Yazoo City.