USS Alabama/Historic Homes Downtown
Trip Start May 01, 2013
184Trip End May 01, 2014
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4/22 - Now we head out to see the USS Alabama - a decommissioned Battleship which saw lots of action in several wars. It is now a museum and again, quite well done. On the site is also a submarine called the "Drum" and several aircraft in their building and on the grounds. Again, lots of information to ingest. And, I have been hesitating to mention this, but I have since dropped Arthur It is (he seems to have dropped holding my hands),and now have a new fella in my life (boy this trip has been fun!!). His name is Alz Heimer. Somedays I swear I can't put together a full intelligent sentence, but my new guy doesn't mind (pun intended) one bit!!
We had lunch at a place called Ed's Shed, on the water - and for those of you who live in HHI, it reminded us of the Old Oyster Factory.
After our lunch we headed off to the historical district of Mobile and walked several streets to see many houses on the Historical Register. I think in a former life I might have been an architect.
I have always liked to view old buildings with character.
Following the devastating fires of 1827 and 1839, this area was rebuilt in several architectural styles, including Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne and Victorian. Some of the homes have been taken over by businesses and some are under restoration and others are being well cared for by proud owners. It's a step back in time to walk through these neighborhoods.
The Farley House 1870 (the one stuccoed and scored with a brick front) is a two story home. The townhouse was very popular after the Civil War. It is thought that the elaborate two story cast iron porch was added on at a later date
The Malaga Inn (the pink house) dates to 1862. Isaac Goldsmith and William Frolichstein married sisters. These men were also business partners and they both build mirror image homes next to each other. In 1967 a center section was added to connect the two homes and it was made into this Inn.
Carter House, 1854 Constructed by William Carter. This house has many features including sawtooth cornice, battered framing with recessed door, and cast iron galleries. It is currently used as offices.
The Kennedy House 1857 This is the last photo of the homes (the large white one). Constructed by Joshua Kennedy, one of Mobile's 19th century landowners and notable citizens. It is a unique interpretation of a revival style that looked to the Italian Renaissance for inspiration. Presented as a temple, the pediment facing the street has both a bracketed overhand and ocular windows.
There were 50 homes in this area that have been placed on the National Historic Register. Definitely a walk down memory lane.