Brownrigg-Harris-Kennebrew House

The Brownrigg-Harris-Kennebrew House (also known as Temple Heights) is a historic house in Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi.

Brownrigg-Harris-Kennebrew House
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Brownrigg-Harris-Kennebrew House is located in Mississippi
Brownrigg-Harris-Kennebrew House
Brownrigg-Harris-Kennebrew House is located in the United States
Brownrigg-Harris-Kennebrew House
Location515 9th St. N., Columbus, Mississippi
Coordinates33°30′7″N 88°25′24″W / 33.50194°N 88.42333°W / 33.50194; -88.42333
Arealess than one acre
Built1837 (1837)
Architectural styleGreek Revival, temple form house
NRHP reference No.78001614[1]
Added to NRHPMay 22, 1978


It is located at 515 9th Street North in Columbus, Mississippi.[2][3][4]


It was built in 1837 for General Richard T. Brownrigg (1793-1841), a wealthy planter who moved from Chowan County, North Carolina to Columbus, Mississippi in 1835.[3][4] The architectural style is at once Federal and Greek Revival.[2] It was built in the Federal style, as evident from the facade and the interior.[4] After Brownrigg died, it was purchased by Thomas Harris in 1841.[4] In 1854, a Doric portico was added.[3] It was then purchased by the Fontaines, followed by the Kinnebrews (who owned it from 1887 to 1965), and then by the Butlers, who purchased it in 1967 and restored it. Temple Heights was purchased by the Novotnys in 2016, and they continue to restore it.[4]

It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since May 22, 1978.[2][3] It is open for tours as a house museum with tickets arranged via the Columbus Visitors Bureau.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c National Register of Historic Places
  3. ^ a b c d Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  4. ^ a b c d e f Sylvia Higginbotham, Marvelous Old Mansions and Other Southern Treasures, John F. Blair, 2013, pp. 112-113 [1]