In 1857, Thomas E. B. Pegues commissioned Calvert Vaux to design the two-story red brick Italianate villa, now know as Oxford’s Ammadelle Mansion.
Vaux, a prominent landscape architect, would later partner with Frederick Law Olmsted to design New York City’s Central Park.
The Civil War halted construction of Ammadelle — planned luxuries, including rear balconies and a wine cellar, were never completed. Because of its unique beauty, Ammadelle was featured as the central home in the 1960 film, “Home from the Hill.”
“Ammadelle is one of the most beautiful and architecturally significant residences in the nation,” said Elbert R. Hilliard, Director of the Department of Archives and History.
Ammadelle was named a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
John Cofied is a HottyToddy.com writer and one of the area’s noted folk historians. Photo by Susan Foust of Susan Foust Photography—Oxford and Ole Miss in Perspective