A ca. 1913 Gem in Mobile, Alabama
by Meghan White.
Ah, that sweet, old fashioned charm of yesteryear. No where is it more apparent than in the beautiful old homes found throughout the American South. Join Meghan as she shares her favorite Southern real estate finds.
Nestled in the Southern town of Mobile, Alabama, on a charmingly historic street in the Oakleigh Historical District, this early 1900s bungalow is a lovely showcase of turn-of-the-century quality construction. With its deep red painted siding, this house is surely to be the most noticeable on the block.
204 S Ann St, Mobile, AL
4 beds, 3 baths 3,246 sqft
Built in 1913 and remaining in the family, this large historic home is nestled in the heart of the Oakleigh/Leinkauf districts. The large covered front porch is perfect for entertaining. Uniquely constructed, the living room contains an inside balcony, vaulted beaded board ceilings, oversized fireplace and sitting room flanked with tall round columns, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, formal dining room, high ceilings, hardwood floors, heavy mouldings and 3 additional fireplaces can be found throughout. The upstairs bedroom is 34×22. per the seller, the roof is 100 year metal shingles and the house is being rewired. Nice fenced backyard.
Source: Roberts Brothers, Inc.
It’s not exactly typical, though, of its time. It has classic characteristics of the Craftsman style including projecting dormers, a pitched roof, small windows, and a porch, but it’s apparent that this house has more to offer. The undulating arches on the front porch, for example, which add a bit of whimsy to the otherwise stately façade, is the first clue. The leaded windows add an old-school touch of nostalgia—referencing the Victorian era that predates the construction of this house.
The interior is where the house’s charm really shines. From its richly stained exposed boards and rafters, to its wide, central fireplace reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s emphasis on the hearth, this four-bedroom house offers any family an elegant yet livable home in which to put down roots.
AUTHOR MEGHAN WHITE
Meghan is from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. She studied history and art history at Elon University in North Carolina before moving to Charleston, South Carolina to earn her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson University & College of Charleston’s joint graduate program. She loves living in a city where tangible history is everywhere. Charleston is also the first city in which she can claim a historic property home—she currently lives in a converted stable and carriage house from the early nineteenth century. When not battling the humidity and palmetto bugs, she works at the Aiken Rhett House, a historic house museum with a “preserve as found” philosophy. Meghan is enthusiastic about advocating for the architectural and historical importance of auxiliary structures after uncovering the likely original appearance of George Washington’s horse stable at Mount Vernon through an internship and her Master’s thesis. She hopes one day to own a Queen Anne fixer-upper where she can live her days reading in its turret.