Tag Tuesday: 1830-1839

The 1830s was a bumper decade for Mississippi architecture, and as we will see in this week’s Tag Tuesday, for architecture in other states too. Exemplified by the Mississippi Statehouse (now the Old Capitol) and the Governor’s Mansion, the Greek Revival, with its squared-off transoms, heavy-set columns, and beefy trim began to push out the dainty Federal style, but the rounded fanlights of the Federal hung on in Mississippi until the 1840s.  Meanwhile, don’t forget amongst all this splendor that many many people were still building log houses, like the Buckley House with its diamond-notched logs in Lawrence County–don’t be fooled, this qualified as a middle-class house for the 1830s and was built by someone who knew what he was doing.


Vicksburg has a number of 1830s landmarks, showing it was a city on the make in that decade, fueled by the cotton wealth of the river country and the Mississippi Delta to the north.

North Carolina State House (1832-1833), Raleigh, NC (Town & Davis, architects; possibly William Nichols and William Nichols, Jr.)

Office and Banking House of the West Feliciana Railroad (now Wilkinson County Museum), Woodville, MS (1834)

Buckley House, Lawrence County, MS (c.1835)

Barton Academy (1835-1836), Mobile, Alabama (Gallier & Dakin, architects)

St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, SC (1836)

Present building constructed 1835-38 after fire in the original church. Additions and chancel renovated 1920, restored 1993-94. Steeple was added 1848-50 to the designs of architect E.B. White.

Mississippi Old Capitol (1836-1839), Jackson (William Nichols, architect)

Oak Alley, River Road, Louisiana (1837)

Port Gibson City Hall (1838-1839)

Amite County Courthouse (1839-1841, William C. Harrell, builder)

Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Jackson (1839-1842, William Nichols, architect)

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Categories: Architectural Research, Capitols Old & New, Churches, Courthouses, Historic Preservation


6 replies

  1. Looking at the NC state capitol evoked a “Lyceum feeling.” :)

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  2. The last building the Vicksburg photos, 822 Crawford was the childhood home of James T Canizaro. Bob Canizaro

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  3. good post; more later.


  4. and, course, the greek revival style ‘stayed popular’ in ms til the early 1860s: both ‘stanton hall’ and ‘windsor’ are greco-roman revival with a few italianate touches; the ‘fretwork- porticoed’ houses of columbus are greek revival with gothic revival touches!


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