Location Information
(for the "Auburn")
Address:400 Duncan Avenue
City/County:Natchez, Adams County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1812
Architectural Styles(s):Federal
No. of Stories:2
Registration Information
NHL Listing Date:30 May 1974
NR Listing Date:30 May 1974
View National Register Nomination Form
Mississippi Landmark Information
Book/Vol. No.:V. 16-F, p. 402
Easement Information
Date Signed:02-25-2016
Easement Type:Preservation/Maintenance
Book/Vol. No.:V. 26R Pg. 202-3
This neo-classical house, designed by Levi Weeks for Lyman Harding, is dominated by a giant portico with Roman Ionic columns. The two doorways are based on traditional Palladian motifs. The main house is, according to Mimi Miller, unquestionably the most architecturally significant building dating to the territorial period because it introduced academic architecture to the Mississippi Territory. It is historically important as the residence of attorney Lyman Harding, one of the wealthiest and most influential citizens of Natchez during the territorial period, legal counsel for Aaron Burr at his arraignment in 1807, and Mississippi's first Attorney General. Auburn's two-story portico is one of the earliest in the South, pre-dating similar porticoes at the University of Virginia and those added in the 1820s to the White House and to Arlington in Virginia. Included in "Historic Architecture in Mississippi" (1973), "The Great Houses of Natchez" (1986), "Classic Natchez" (1996), "Buildings of Mississippi" (2020) (pp. 48-49, ND53), and numerous other books. [HABS: MS-9 (1936)]
Historic Information
Planter Stephen Duncan bought the house in 1820 and added two symmetrical wings in the Greek Revival style in the late 1830s, and around the same time built the one-story, temple-form, wood-frame billiard hall to the side, and a one-story brick dairy and two-story brick kitchen/quarters at the rear.

This property received a grant of $42,000 under the Emergency Jobs Act of 1983 (for repairs to outbuildings?).