Antebellum architecture

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Barrington Hall is one classic example of an antebellum home.

Antebellum architecture (meaning "prewar", from the Latin ante, "before", and bellum, "war") is the neoclassical architectural style characteristic of the Southern United States, especially the Old South, from after the birth of the United States in the American Revolution, to the start of the American Civil War.[1] Antebellum architecture is especially characterized by neoclassical and Greek revival style plantation houses and mansions.


The features associated with Antebellum architecture were introduced by Germanic and Celtic peoples of the U.S. who moved to the southern States after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.[2]


  1. ^ Gary B., Nash; et al. (2004 [reprinted 2009]). The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, Volume 1 (to 1877) (6th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall (London: Pearson; plus Longman and Vango imprints). ISBN 978-0-205-64282-3. 
  2. ^ "What is Antebellum Architecture? Definition and Examples". Retrieved 2014-08-17.