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House 200 | The Architecture of 1201 E. Clay St.


The White House of the Confederacy turns 200 this year, so what better time to take a look back at the design and architecture of the house? In two posts below, Museum historian John Coski shares research findings by Museum employees and graduate students from the 1990s, and architectural historian Edwin Slipek suggests a brand new theory. 

Who Designed the “White House of the Confederacy”?

By John Coski
American Civil War Museum Historian

Famous houses have famous architects.  Or if they don’t, they should.

House 200 "From the Attic" | Mutual Assurance Records

By John Coski

The first photos and detailed descriptions of the building known to history as the White House of the Confederacy come from the days immediately following the end of Confederate Richmond, and owe to its “Yankee” conquerors. The handful of exterior photos and the judgmental descriptions of the public rooms, used in conjunction with Varina Davis’ postwar recollections of the floor and room arrangements provided the broad outline for restoring the home to its wartime appearance.

White House Wednesday | Behind the Stanchions | Dressing Room


By Bryce VanStavern
White House Specialist

There are two small rooms on White House of the Confederacy tours into which large groups simply cannot fit. Tours walk through one of them, the Library. The other is Varina Davis’ Dressing Room. Too small for traffic and with no way to pass through, the room offers visitors a quick peek as they move on to the next stop along the tour.

So what is a Dressing Room anyway?


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