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A look at vintage photos from the gorgeous Architecture of the South collection

Here’s a different kind of post for today. I was doing some research and came across some images I’d forgotten about, the Library of Congress collection of the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. If you love grand old homes like I do, check them out.

Library of Congress says of the photos, “Noted architectural photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) created a systematic record of early American buildings and gardens called the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South (CSAS). This collection, created primarily in the 1930s, provides more than 7,100 images showing an estimated 1,700 structures and sites … ”

I picked just a few to share. I don’t know the fates of these homes. I just liked their architecture. (Note: The caption info is as it appears on the Library of Congress site.)

Belle Grove, front, White Castle vic., Iberville Parish, Louisiana 1938
Belle Grove, front, White Castle vic., Iberville Parish, Louisiana, 1938.
Camak House, Meigs Ave. at Finley St., Athens, Clarke County, Georgia 1938
Camak House, Meigs Ave. at Finley St., Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, 1938.
Cartright House, Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama 1939
Cartright House, Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama, 1939.
Cedar Point, Swansboro, Carteret County, North Carolina 1938
Cedar Point, Swansboro, Carteret County, North Carolina, 1938.
Clanton-Vaison-Coleman House, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia 1939 or 44
Clanton-Vaison-Coleman House, Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia, 1939 or 1944.
Evergreen, Wallace vic., St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana 1938
Evergreen, Wallace vic., St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, 1938.
Hayes, Edenton vic., Chowan County, North Carolina 1937
Hayes, Edenton vic., Chowan County, North Carolina, 1937.
Knight House, Greensboro vic., Hale County, Alabama 1939
Knight House, Greensboro vic., Hale County, Alabama, 1939.
Lindsey House, 212 E. Liberty St., Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia 1939 or 44
Lindsey House, 212 E. Liberty St., Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia, 1939 or 1944.
Madewood, Napoleonville vic., Assumption Parish, Louisiana 1938
Madewood, Napoleonville vic., Assumption Parish, Louisiana, 1938.
Menokin, Richmond County, Virginia 1930s
Menokin, Richmond County, Virginia, 1930s.
Mott House, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia 1939
Mott House, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, 1939.
Olivier Plantation, 4111 Chartres St., New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana 1938
Olivier Plantation, 4111 Chartres St., New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, 1938.
Pease House, 908 Broad St. at 9th., Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia 1939
Pease House, 908 Broad St. at 9th., Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, 1939.
Prince Murat House, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida 1938
Prince Murat House, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, 1938.
Spanish Inn, 43 George Street, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida 1936-37
Spanish Inn, 43 George Street, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, 1936-37.
The Elms, 1846 Buena Vista Rd., Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia 1939
The Elms, 1846 Buena Vista Rd., Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, 1939.
Thorn Hill, Talladega vic., Talladega County, Alabama 1939
Thorn Hill, Talladega vic., Talladega County, Alabama, 1939.
Tyson House, Lowndesboro, Lowndes County, Alabama 1938
Tyson House, Lowndesboro, Lowndes County, Alabama, 1938.
Wetter House, 425 Oglethorpe Avenue, West, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia 1939 or 44
Wetter House, 425 Oglethorpe Avenue, West, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, 1939 or 1944.

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