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Plantation Interiors

Plantation architecture refers to the large, elegant mansions-usually antebellum-type homes-built in the American South during the 30 years or so before the American Civil War. Most plantation homes are in the Greek Revival or Classical Revival, and sometimes French Colonial and Federal style-grand, symmetrical and boxy, with center entrances in the front and rear, balconies and columns or pillars. This opulent style of architecture was popular throughout the US in the first half of the 19th century. Architectural details include: hipped or gabled roofs, symmetrical façades, evenly-spaced windows, Greek pillars and columns, elaborate friezes, balconies, covered porches, central entryways, grand staircases and formal ballrooms.