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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 homes and mansions.


The features associated with antebellum architecture were introduced by people of British descent who lived in the Southern states and territories after the Louisiana Purchase of 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.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "What is Antebellum Architecture? Definition and Examples". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 

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