The Oil Crash: 1985-2000

Although frontier style homes continued to be built, homes were constructed in the Georgian, Federal, and plantation styles, often with influences from the West Indies. Large brick homes, as well as those with wooden siding, began to show the influence of architectural design. A number of fine homes from this period remain throughout the Natchez area. 

Natchez became increasingly affluent, and Natchez homes reflected this wealth. This was the period of the building of grand mansions, often situated on the outskirts of town as suburban villas. Great homes were built in Greek Revival, Gothic, and Italianate styles.  

Very little building of new homes was done during this period.

architectural styles

Mississippi Territory: 1798 to 1817

Small homes, often in Bungalow style, were built throughout the community. 

New Economic Development: 2000 to present

Reconstruction: 1865 to 1920

After the Boll Weevil: 1908 to 1945

Post World War II & Black Gold: 1945 to 1985

Statehood & King Cotton: 1817 to 1920

Subdivisions of very large homes with the latest amenities are being constructed in outlying areas. Designs are often based on Louisiana vernacular architecture and traditional styles of architecture.

Frontier Period: 1716 to 1798

Homes were usually cottages with gable ends made of logs or large timbers and were very utilitarian. Roofs were made of wooden shingles, and porches had slender posts. 

As Natchez began to recover from the effects of the Civil War around the turn of the century, Victorian homes were built, often filling in the former large estates. They followed the Queen Anne, Shingle, and Eastlake designs. Some Colonial Revival homes added to the large, elegant homes in the area. 

Subdivisions of small cottages and duplexes were built soon after World War II, expanding the city limits in all directions. Ranch houses, both small and large, were built. Traditional styles of architecture and restoration of historic properties became popular.