The Oneida Community Mansion House comprised multiple structures, including four large interconnected structures built as the 1862 Main House, the 1864 Tontine, the 1869 South Wing and the 1878 New House. Three of those structures were primarily residential. The 1864 Tontine building was designed as a workhouse and dining room. It is these four buildings that are the focus of this essay.
This essay proceeds from the assertion that the architecture of the Oneida Community is much more than background. The Community’s residential buildings reveal much about their communal experiment and the trans-Atlantic world with which they communicated. What follows probes that assertion by exploring at some depth the material and documentary evidence that remains of buildings and construction.
American Communal Societies Quarterly
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