HABS photographer Lester Jones took a grand total of one photo of Stanton Hall in 1940, and because there are no photographer’s notes, it’s not clear why this grand historic home, now a National Historic Landmark and open daily for tours, seems almost an afterthought in the HABS coverage of Natchez. The HABS website does contain a note about the building, which is more than many other buildings get:
Significance: Built between 1851 and 1857 for wealthy cotton broker, the palatial proportions of this house and the variety of its Victorian detail represent antebellum opulence rarely achieved and more rarely maintained. Stanton Hall dominates an urban hilltop site a full block square. In the summer of 1863, after the occupation of Natchez by Federal troops, Union Army flags were raised here.
Notice that architect Hays Town, who had been the HABS District Officer for Mississippi, had already moved to Baton Rouge by this time, as seen in his address on the data sheet included with the photo on the HABS site.