From the Ala. Heritage Vault: The Jemison Mansion
The Jemison Mansion and Longwood:
An Architectural History of Two
Antebellum Italianate Villas
By Robert O. Mellown
Our latest treasure to be resurrected from the Alabama Heritage vault introduces the mansions of two southern gentlemen with grand plans and very unfortunate timing. This article by Robert O. Mellown, “The Jemison Mansion and Longwood: An Architectural History of Two Antebellum Italianate Villas,” first appeared in the Fall 1992 issue. Mellown describes how Haller Nutt, a wealthy Natchez physician, and Robert Jemison, a Tuscaloosa politician, both contracted with illustrious Philadelphia architects to design ornate and stylish mansions in their respective locales in the late 1850s. But neither foresaw that they would be trying to import materials and skilled northern craftsmen just as the nation erupted into war. But stubbornly committed, both completed their houses, which stand today as Longwood and the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion—lovely remnants of more opulent times.
Please enjoy this newest addition to “Alabama Heritage: From the Vault.”
Donna Cox Baker
Editor, Alabama Heritage
Click here to read "The Jemison Mansion and Longwood."
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