Auburn (Natchez, Mississippi)
Auburn, Duncan Park in 1936
|Location||Duncan Park, Natchez, Mississippi|
|Area||4.2 acres (17,000 m2)|
|Architectural style||antebellum Federal style|
|NRHP Reference #||74001047|
|Added to NRHP||May 30, 1974|
|Designated NHL||May 30, 1974|
|Designated USMS||January 5, 1984|
Auburn is an Antebellum Greek Revival mansion in Duncan Park in Natchez, Mississippi. It was designed and constructed by Levi Weeks in 1812, the first planned building in the town. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974 and a Mississippi Landmark in 1984.
In 1811, Lyman Harding, the first Attorney General of Mississippi, hired Levi Weeks, a young self-proclaimed architect, to design and build the mansion. The original building was 60 feet (18 m) by 45 feet (14 m) with a two story portico supported by four columns and includes an unusual floating spiral staircase between the first and second floors. Levi Weeks designed the house to be, in his words, the "most magnificent building in the state."
After Harding died in 1820, the building was bought by Dr. Stephen Duncan, who expanded the house to include two symmetrical wings, greatly expanding interior space. Duncan later abandoned the building amidst growing secession tensions just before the American Civil War, and the house was placed in the care of his descendants.
- "Mississippi Landmarks". Mississippi Department of Archives and History. May 2008. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Auburn". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
- "Auburn Museum and Historic Home". Retrieved April 21, 2009.
- Paul Goeldner (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Auburn" (pdf). National Park Service. and PDF (507 KB)
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