“Dunleith,” Natchez

Dunleith, Natchez – (1856-57) (National Historic Landmark) One of only three antebellum houses constructed in Mississippi with a peripteral colonnade (Windsor was one of the others). Maryland-born builder John Crothers constructed Dunleith (originally called Routhland) for Charles Dahlgren. Located at the center of a landscaped forty-acre site, Dunleith is the image of a Classical temple transformed into a mansion surrounded by twenty-six Tuscan columns. Due to the peripteral colonnade and the floor-length windows, the first story can merge with the surrounding outdoor landscape, which includes many antebellum outbuildings.

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