Name This Place 7.1.2

Categories: Architectural Research, Contest, Historic Preservation

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  1. Stanton Hall, Natchez

    Completed in 1858 and occupying an entire Natchez city block as one of the grandest of that city’s grand mansions.


    • You don’t know the Architect?! I’m kidding. Two Points.


      • I was going to be charitable and let other people have a chance at posting some other information. However, since I wrote a nice history of Stanton Hall, I will take my two points and post my history of the property.

        Constructed on an entire city block-sized lot in 1857-58 by builder/architect Thomas Rose for cotton merchant Frederick Stanton (who only lived in Stanton Hall one month), Stanton Hall shows the blending of Romanticism and Classicism that occurred in the 1850s as American architectural tastes were moving from Greek Revival to Italianate, Gothic Revival, and various “Victorian” styles. The house form is classic Natchez, just larger, with an imposing central portico and center-hall plan. The portico capitals, doorways, and centerpieces were copied directly from Minard Lafever’s 1835 Greek Revival book Beauties of Modern Architecture. Yet many Italianate exterior and interior details, such as the cast iron balustrades on the front portico and the cupola, show what direction Mississippi’s architecture would have gone if the rest of Mississippi had not decided to secede from the Union (Adams and Warren Counties were the only two counties smart enough to vote against seccession). Stanton Hall also is a prime example of the extravagance of Natchez and Mississippi architecture during the 1850s; Frederick Stanton spent over $83,000 to construct the house, using Carrera marble for the floors, mahogany for the doors, and granite for the front steps, then he spent tens of thousands more to furnish the house with a wide variety of European imports. Stanton Hall today is in impeccable condition as the Natchez Pilgrimage Garden Club headquarters.


  2. I thought surely I would get in first with this one – don’t you people have jobs?


  3. Originally called Belfast. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


  4. Stanton Hall also served for a brief period as Stanton College- girls’ school.


  5. Well, darn, Tom, that’s what I get for dilly-dallying! In the 1890s it was home to Stanton College for Young Ladies. The architect was Thomas Rose, and he supposedly used all local artisans, builders, although interior furnishings and architectural elements like marble walls, mirrors, were brought from Europe.


  6. Thomas Rose was also involved in other Natchez / Adams county buildings – all pretty close to his death in 1861:

    He was the original builder for “Edgewood” in the Rine Ridge Community (c. 1859); was the builder responsible for the addition of a wing / Billiard Hall for “The Elms” (1856) and was the architect who added iron galleries to “Elms Court” during a remodel (c. 1850).


  7. Stanton Hall has what is possibly the finest domestic collection of bronze gas light fixtures in the country – including various forms of foliage, American Indians, soldiers, dragons, and Sir Walter Scott overseeing the front portico.


  8. I don’t live in your lovely state so I won’t be familiar with most of the photos, but may I say for the record, that’s a damn fine piece of architecture!


    • I’m glad you like it. You’ll have to see it in person some time if you haven’t before. I am kinda surprise no one mentioned that the capitols are cast iron.


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