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The Architecture of William NicholsBuilding the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi$
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Paul Hardin Kapp

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461381

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461381.001.0001

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(p.123) Chapter Five Alabama
The Architecture of William Nichols

Paul Hardin Kapp

Todd Sanders

William Seale

University Press of Mississippi

For a variety of reasons—business, personal, and political—Nichols left North Carolina in 1827 to pursue his architectural and entrepreneurial endeavors in Alabama, a “frontier” state of the new “American Southwest.” As state architect, Nichols designed and built the state’s first capitol, an elaboration of his North Carolina capitol design. Heavily influenced by Jefferson’s University of Virginia, he designed and built the seven building campus of the University of Alabama. He also designed several elegant residences in Tuscaloosa and neighboring Greene County, all within a relatively short period of seven years.

Keywords:   Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Alabama State Capitol, University of Alabama, Forkland, Alabama

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