The Corners-Architectural Features
The floor plan of The Corners is modeled from the floor plan of Cedar Grove, but on a smaller scale since it was built for just one family. The architectural style is a combination of Greek revival and Victorian with Italianate features. The pierced columns are unique to Vicksburg with only about 60 other houses in Vicksburg that have retained their columns. Hand made, each column is unique. Notice the motif of hearts, shamrocks, ring, and diamonds depicting signs of love and marriage.
The gardens, “French Creole Parterre” gardens, are intact as they were originally designed. Even the brick walkways are original with ring and diamond patterns in the layout, representing the signs of love and marriage once again. The historic significance of these gardens was one of the reasons the home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The iron fence was made especially for this house in Pennsylvania and brought down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
The bricks on the house were made locally out of clay and fired at low temperatures, so they are soft. The signature brick of the brick mason is located underneath our Historic Register Plaque.
This house is not ante-bellum since it was built in 1872, after the Civil War. Architecturally, on the Oak Street face, it is like a Southern Louisiana Raised Cottage with lattice-work underneath the elevated gallery. Nonetheless, the house reflects the Victorian period and features a combination of Greek revival and Italianate architectural styles. The front entrance is classic Greek Revival, while the supports under the eaves and the cast iron cornices over the windows on the side of the house are particularly Victorian Italianate.
The front gallery and the trims, moldings and doors in the main house are made of cypress and are original to the house. The wide planked heart-of-pine floors are also original.