Architecture

From the Greek Revival classics of the nineteenth century to the work of Frank Gehry in the twenty-first, Mississippi’s architecture is a grand depiction of a remarkable evolution.

In Natchez, Vicksburg, Columbus, Aberdeen, Holly Springs and countless other communities throughout the state, the wealth of 19th century Mississippi is seen in the columned classics of the plantation era. Near West Point, architecture students from around the world continue to marvel at the construction of Waverley. The capital city of Jackson is home to the Mississippi State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, the second oldest continuously occupied executive residence in the country, as well as our awe-inspiring Old Capitol. Our state is dotted with definitive examples of periods and styles ranging from Queen Anne and Italianate to shotgun and Craftsman. Stellar specimens such as a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum designed by Frank Gehry round out Mississippi’s architectural heritage, which spans more than three centuries and embodies the finest of American architecture.

Dunleith Historic Inn

Natchez, MS   FEATURED

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Built in 1855, Dunleith Historic Inn is a National Historic Landmark that operates as a hotel and event venue in Natchez, Mississippi. Dunleith has 22 guestrooms throughout the property, plus luxury amenities such as a restaurant, bar, and pool. The historic home hosts events of all kinds including celebrations, galas, family reunions, […]

Montrose and the Montrose Museum

Holly Springs, MS   FEATURED

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Montrose is a two-story columned Greek Revival home built as a wedding present for the daughter of Alfred Brooks. It is now operated by the Holly Springs Garden Club as a house museum. The arboretum contains over 50 different specimens […]

Longwood

Natchez, MS   FEATURED

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Longwood is a historic mansion located in Natchez. It is the largest octagonal house in the United States, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark. The home was designed in the […]

Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens

Natchez, MS   FEATURED

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Set in a landmark 1818 mansion on 26 acres of gardens, this stately inn is 2 miles from the Mississippi River and 1 mile from the antebellum Melrose mansion in Natchez National Historical Park. The antiques-furnished rooms and suites feature turndown […]

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The Depot is a two-story building with mission-style design. The train depot, (c. 1928), is surrounded by park-like grounds, and once served as the centerpiece of the film, “This Property is Condemned” starring Robert Redford and Natalie Wood. The historic […]

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The historic Bank of Yazoo City building sits at the intersection of Main and Commercial Streets in Yazoo City’s brightly colored historic main street district. The Beaux Arts-inspired building was built in 1904, shortly after a fire destroyed much of […]

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The Canton Courthouse Square district has, as its centerpiece, a Greek Revival courthouse building, which was built in 1855 and is no longer used for that purpose. In 1982, the Canton Courthouse Square District was officially entered into the National […]

Wesson House

Olive Branch, MS

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The Wesson House, built-in 1875 by Olive Branch’s first Mayor Ben Wesson. The house is located on land that was purchased from Chickasaw Indian Chief, Lush-Pun-Tubby. Mayor Wesson built a mercantile store on the front of the site, which stood […]

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DeSoto County Welcome Center architecture reflects the antebellum South, including details such as moldings, trim and brickwork common to the antebellum period. A great place to find out about current events, activities, news and also pick up brochures and guides […]

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The DeSoto County Courthouse is the anchor of Hernando square, designated as a Mississippi Landmark. It was built in 1942 after the previous French Castle courthouse burned in 1940. Learn the history of famed Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, who explored […]

Charnley-Norwood House

Ocean Springs , MS

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Take a walk back into history and explore an historic house designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1890. […]

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The history of St. Rose de Lima Church and school are interrelated, and it goes back over one hundred years. In 1868, the first school in Bay St. Louis for African Americans opened with twenty-four black children in attendance. It […]