Remarkable Floating Spiral Stair

The remarkable floating spiral stair at Auburn in Natchez, Mississippi.

Auburn Mansion was designed by architect Levi Weeks and built in 1812 for Lyman Harding. Its portico, with four giant columns, was one of the first colossal order porticos in the US. The second owner expanded the house with wings on either side in 1856. The rare floating spiral stair on the interior is an original feature. The property was sold to the city of Natchez in 1911 and became Duncan Park.

This year, the city of Natchez, the Historic Natchez Foundation, and Laine and Kevin Berry of Our Restoration Nation signed an agreement for the future care and preservation of the mansion. The Berrys are now the house’s conservators. Planning for needed restoration work and a more accurate interior interpretation is underway.

I was honored to be the focus of the first event at Auburn under its new conservatorship when I did a book signing there for “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” in March. I have no doubt that a wonderful new era has dawned for the house under the care of my friends Laine and Kevin and supportive oversight by the Historic Natchez Foundation and the city.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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