Committee Chair

Miller, Tonya D.

Committee Member

Moody, Dana M.; Kendall, Catherine L.


School of Professional Studies


College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


This study uses virtual reality to realize the never completed interior of Longwood, the largest octagonal home in the United States. This 30,000 sq. ft. home, designed by Samuel Sloan, is located in Natchez, MS. Construction halted due to the onset of the Civil War. Where once a lack of money prevented it from being completed, the structure in now preserved in its unfinished state under a deed for preservation. Many have speculated about what Longwood would have looked like, if finished. Using the historical narrative inquiry method, this investigation sought to discover to what extent an accurate virtual representation could be created of Longwood’s rotunda based on existing primary and secondary resources.


First, I would like to acknowledge my committee chair, Tonya D. Miller, and my committee members, Dr. Dana M. Moody and Catherine L. Kendall. Their support and guidance have pushed me to become a better scholar. I am extremely lucky to have had such a wonderful committee, who cared so much about my study and responded to questions and queries promptly. I must express my appreciation to Debbie, my mother, for her willingness to proofread my thesis. I would also like to acknowledge Ron & Mimi Miller whose generosity and hospitality during my visit to Natchez made all my field research possible; the connections made and information gathered would not have been achievable without them. I am forever grateful. Finally, I would like to thank the department of Interior Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for taking me on as a graduate assistant, which allowed me to pursue my master’s degree and make this study conceivable, as well as giving me the opportunity to attend conferences and meet so many amazing people.


M. I. D.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Interior Design.




Architecture, Domestic -- Mississippi -- Natchez


Natchez (Miss.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.


Virtual reality; VR; Longwood; Samuel Sloan; Haller Nutt; Octagon

Document Type

Masters theses


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