40 plantation home designs and photos including antebellum mansions, southern, Greek Revival mansions, Charleston mansions and contemporary Southern home plans.
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.