40 Plantation Home Designs – Historical & Contemporary

Dunleith Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi. Classic Greek revival southern mansion with pillars wrapping entirely around the large home


While the large white, symmetrical mansion with columns is the stereotypical “plantation home design” not all southern mansions are built in this style.  In fact, the architecture across both historical and contemporary southern home designs varies.

The overarching architectural term used to refer to plantation homes is antebellum architecture, which includes several forms of architecture including Greek Revival, Classical Revival, Victorian, Colonial, Georgian, French, Federal and Roman architecture.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, many incredible mansions were built throughout the South… many a result in large part to slavery.  I waffled with whether to even title this gallery with the word “plantation” in it because it does connote an ugly history – yet it is history and that’s the term used to refer to many of the historical mansions built throughout the south.  I concluded that substituting the term “plantation” with “southern” doesn’t get around the ugly history of this type of architecture and the system in which they were able to be built.

Plantation mansions and their owners’ town homes were built incorporating many different forms of architecture – often mixing architectural styles in a home design.  While some homes are more purist in design, others are a mix of styles.

This photo gallery includes examples of many southern mansions – including famous historical plantation homes, historical town homes (mostly in Charleston, South Carolina) and contemporary Southern home designs.

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Historical Plantation Homes

The famous Oak Alley Plantation with front driveway leading up to large Greek Revival home under a canopy of aged oak branches and trees. This home is located in Louisiana and completed in 1839.

The famous Oak Alley Plantation with front driveway leading up to large Greek Revival home under a canopy of aged oak branches and trees. This home is located in Louisiana and completed in 1839..

Ashland Belle Helene Mansion

Ashland Belle Helene Mansion. Source: Michael McCarthy on Flickr

Stanton Hall Plantation Home in Natchez, Mississippi

Stanton Hall Plantation Home in Natchez, Mississippi. Source: cm195902 on Flickr

Rosalie Mansion in Natchez, Mississippi

Rosalie Mansion in Natchez, Mississippi. Source: Elisa Rolle at Wikipedia under Creative Commons License

Classical revival mansion in Natchez, Mississippi.

Classical revival mansion in Natchez, Mississippi..

Greek revival plantation home built in Macon, Georgia in 1836

Greek revival plantation home built in Macon, Georgia in 1836. Source: spirit of america / Shutterstock.com

Nottoway Plantation Home

Nottoway Plantation Home. Source: Corey Balazowich at Flickr

Imposing photograph of an antebellum mansion

Imposing photograph of an antebellum mansion.

Brick southern mansion with 4 large white columns set in a large estate with large lawn and trees

Brick southern mansion with 4 large white columns set in a large estate with large lawn and trees.

The clean landscaping complements the above home.

Plantation mansion built in Greek Revival and Georgian styles

Plantation mansion built in Greek Revival and Georgian styles.

Blacksher Hall in Mobile, Alabama

Blacksher Hall in Mobile, Alabama. Source: Rian Castiollo at Flickr

Greek Revival home built in Madison, Georgia

Greek Revival home built in Madison, Georgia.

White mansion with red roof incorporating antebellum architectural features including 4 large pillars and wrap-around verandas on the first and second floors

White mansion with red roof incorporating antebellum architectural features including 4 large pillars and wrap-around verandas on the first and second floors.

French colonial plantation home built in 1840

French colonial plantation home built in 1840.

Longview Mansion

Longview Mansion. Source: Brent Moore at Flickr

Greek Revival mansion in white where columns span only the front of the home

Greek Revival mansion in white where columns span only the front of the home.

Old antebellum mansion with full-width veranda on both the first and second floors

Old antebellum mansion with full-width veranda on both the first and second floors.

Historical Town Homes

Urban southern mansion in brick with large columns spanning the full width of the front facade. Built on Bay Street, Charleston.

Urban southern mansion in brick with large columns spanning the full width of the front facade. Built on Bay Street, Charleston..

Charleston white mansion on large corner lot. This home incorporates classic southern mansion features mixed with Victorian style.

Charleston white mansion on large corner lot. This home incorporates classic southern mansion features mixed with Victorian style..

Famous Battery Park in the historic waterfront section of Charleston, South Carolina where many mansions were built in the 18th and 19th centuries

Famous Battery Park in the historic waterfront section of Charleston, South Carolina where many mansions were built in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Greek revival plantation home. This home is a stereotypical Antebellum mansion with large pillars along the front facade on a large estate.

Greek revival plantation home. This home is a stereotypical Antebellum mansion with large pillars along the front facade on a large estate..

Large three story Charleston mansion on a corner lot

Large three story Charleston mansion on a corner lot.

Romanesque mansion built in the 19th century in Charleston, South Carolina

Romanesque mansion built in the 19th century in Charleston, South Carolina.

Battery mansion in South Carolina in the Romanesque style built in the 18th century. This was built as a town house used by wealthy landowners, a common use of many Charleston mansions.

Battery mansion in South Carolina in the Romanesque style built in the 18th century. This was built as a town house used by wealthy landowners, a common use of many Charleston mansions..

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Charleston town home

Charleston town home.

The Glenmore Mansion built in Jefferson City, Tennessee. This home is a red brick Victorian design built in 1868.

The Glenmore Mansion built in Jefferson City, Tennessee. This home is a red brick Victorian design built in 1868..

White Charleston mansion surrounded with lush gardens

White Charleston mansion surrounded with lush gardens.

Southern town home mansion with full-width verandas on first and second floors.

Southern town home mansion with full-width verandas on first and second floors..

Historic brick southern mansion incorporating several architectural styles most notably Greek Revival elements with the imposing 4 pillars and symmetrical design combined with elements of Georgian architecture

Historic brick southern mansion incorporating several architectural styles most notably Greek Revival elements with the imposing 4 pillars and symmetrical design combined with elements of Georgian architecture.

Roman architecture mansion built on the Charleston Battery

Roman architecture mansion built on the Charleston Battery.

Charleston Mansion

Charleston Mansion. Source: denisbin at Flickr

Contemporary Southern Homes

Contemporary southern mansion incorporating Greek revival and Georgian styles

Contemporary southern mansion incorporating Greek revival and Georgian styles.

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Contemporary southern home in built with red brick and white front portico

Contemporary southern home in built with red brick and white front portico.

Contemporary southern mansion incorporating Greek Revival, Federal and contemporary home design

Contemporary southern mansion incorporating Greek Revival, Federal and contemporary home design.

Picture of the front exterior of classic southern colonial home

Picture of the front exterior of classic southern colonial home. Click here to learn more

Close-up of front facade showcasing fountain and full-width second story veranda

Close-up of front facade showcasing fountain and full-width second story veranda. Click here to learn more

2-story contemporary Charleston southern home design

2-story contemporary Charleston southern home design. Click here for the Blueprints

Contemporary white Southern mansion

Contemporary white Southern mansion. Click here for the Blueprints

Contemporary luxury Southern mansion with columns and multiple porches

Contemporary luxury Southern mansion with columns and multiple porches. Click here for the Blueprints

Contemporary Southern home design with two-level bell roof

Contemporary Southern home design with two-level bell roof. Click here for the Blueprints


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  1. Dianne Robert Mouser March 10, 2016

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