Ammadelle Mansion is Historic Landmark

Ammadelle Mansion is one of the most beautiful homes in Oxford and a historical landmark. Photo by Susan Foust

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 writer and one of the area’s noted folk historians. Photo by Susan Foust of  Susan Foust Photography—Oxford and Ole Miss in Perspective


  1. After doing research on my family’s genealogy, I discovered that this house once belonged to my 2nd cousin 2x removed, Anna Delle Bowles. Her married name was Price and she married a man named Bem Price (Liedbem Price). I probably should take a trip from Jackson, MS. up to Oxford to see it.