"Pres. JJ Roberts's House

In many respects, emigrants to Liberia recreated an American type society. The colonists spoke English and retained American manners, dress, and housing styles. Affluent citizens constructed two-story houses with a stone basement, wood-framed body, a portico at the front and back; a style copied from buildings in the southern American states from which most of the emigrants came. Liberia's President lived in a handsome stone mansion that resembled a southern plantation house.