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The “Mccoy-Donlon” Estate

253 State Street, Mobile, AL, USA


Memories, relationships, treasured passions – homes are repositories of the things that matter most.

Towering above the oak laden community of DeTonti Square, the McCoy-Donlon estate offers a glimpse into cherished Mobile history within this fully restored landmark. Built in 1873 by Franklin McCoy, a dealer in lumber and owner of naval stores, the home at 253 State Street is an impressive, historic two-story brick Italianate inspired Federal townhome with double front porches of wrought iron lace. With familial ownership recorded from 1886, it is also famously known as the Tonsmeire estate having belonged to the Tonsmeire family for some 80 years.

Lovingly restored with modern conveniences while maintaining the historical integrity, the McCoy-Donlon estate is reminiscent of times past. Rarely seen hand-turned walnut rope molding entry, inlaid geometric tile veranda, grand foyer, double parlors, wraparound porches and spacious courtyard complete the historic estate in beautiful downtown Mobile. Patinated flooring, ornate molding, and embossed brass hardware are seen throughout, harkening to a time of prideful construction, while soaring ceilings, eight-foot doorways, and oversized windows breathe natural light into the estate.

Downstairs boasts a front parlor and a second parlor/library separated by ten-foot pocket doors. The artistically detailed dining room can be entered through the grand foyer. Open concept kitchen and keeping room/den connect with the formal dining room via the large butler’s pantry, the home’s original kitchen, offering an entertainer’s paradise. Three large bedrooms are found upstairs, while two separate office spaces, 4.2 baths, and countless sitting areas on both levels create an idyllic layout for entertainers, or those looking to utilize the property’s B-1 zoning. Floor-to-ceiling windows adorn the main level breezeway, gifting crisp views of the courtyard below and shining an abundance of natural light onto the mix of painted and exposed Mobile brick walls, that were originally the exterior of the home. An enclosed sunroom, adjacent greenhouse, and raised outdoor deck create enchanting spaces for relaxation or entertainment, while the whole home generator provides peace of mind. Handcrafted ironwork adorns the exterior, encapsulating the property in old-world charm rarely found today. A power-gated entry adds privacy, while modern wiring, plumbing, and HVAC were reconfigured upon restoration.

This is truly a property that needs to be seen to appreciate the restoration, historic property lovers will immediately feel at home within the soaring walls and articulated details that embody this true Mobile landmark.

Co-listed by: Mary Jane Owen + Andrea Kaiser Shilston

Mary Jane Owen
[email protected]

Andrea Kaiser Shilston
[email protected]


  • Property ID
  • 3
  • 6
  • Property Size
    6570 sqft
  • Land Size
    8999 sqft
  • Italianate
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    Year Built

Updated on May 25, 2019 at 9:20 am


  • Address: 253 State Street, Mobile, AL, USA
  • City: Mobile
  • State/county: Alabama
  • Zip/Postal Code: 36603
  • Country: United States

Contact Agent

Mary Jane Owen + Andrea Kaiser Shilston
  • Mary Jane Owen + Andrea Kaiser Shilston
  • Kaiser Sotheby's International Realty
  • [email protected]
  • 251.533.3572
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