Location Information
(for the "Windsor" [ruins])
Name:"Windsor" [ruins]
City/County:Alcorn vic., Claiborne County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1859-1861
Architectural Styles(s):Greek Revival, Italianate
Destroyed:burned 1890
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:23 Nov 1971
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Mississippi Landmark Information
Designated:10-11-1985
Recorded:10-25-1985
Book/Vol. No.:V. 11-T, p. 286
Local Designation Information
Local Landmark Listing Date:25 Nov 1991
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Context/Comments
Built for Smith Coffee Daniel, II, this was a huge, elegant late Greek Revival house with some eclectic details from other styles, and distinguished by its colossal peripteral colonnade of 29 Corinthian columns, most of which still stand, although the body of the house was destroyed by fire in 1890, leaving behind a dramatic and picturesque ruin. Some dispute has arisen over the designer of the building--Victor McGee claims that Henry Howard, New Orleans architect and designer of Belle Grove Plantation in LA, was working the area at the time and probably designed Windsor. However, no documentary evidence for this attribution has been found, whereas the documentation for David Shroder having been both the architect and builder seems quite strong--credited with the house in Goodspeed's and appearing in the 1860 Census along with a house full of masons and carpenters. [HABS: MS-26 (1936)]