Mobile, Alabama, is well-known for its bay, the battleship USS Alabama, and the Middle Bay Lighthouse, but one highlight that’s often overlooked is Dauphin Street. The historic district offers visitors a real insight into the region’s past and, at the same time, some of the best food and entertainment to be found anywhere in the region.
A Little History
Mobile’s history dates back to 1702 when the French were establishing their presence in North America. Even at that time, Dauphin Street was important to the city’s residents and visitors. During the years Spain controlled the city, Dauphin Street was renamed. However, the colonists took possession of the city in 1813, and the street’s original name was restored.
In 1839, a major fire destroyed the old wood buildings on the street. The wonderful two- and three-story buildings residents and visitors of today love were constructed after the fire. Many of the building design styles that are so well-known now may not have gained prominence in the city if not for the reconstruction efforts following the fire.
Consider a Walking Tour
In recent years, much of Dauphin Street has been restored and revitalized. City residents recognize the jewel Dauphin Street is and cooperated to improve the look and feel of the neighborhood. The area is now considered safe to walk in even in the later evening hours.
Historic, Must-See Buildings
Between those superb meals, take time to visit Dauphin Street’s most important historic buildings. You’ll find wonderful examples of Italianate, Greek Revival and Victorian architectural styles. Some of the buildings to take in include:
- The Daniel’s, Elgin & Company Building. Constructed in about 1860, the building was designed to be reminiscent of 15th and 16th century Venice.
- The Burke Building. Built in the 1870s, the structure has been renovated but still retains much of its original charm. Highlights include the round top windows with cast iron hood moulds.
- St. Francis United Methodist Church. This Victorian-style building has a picturesque corner tower topped with a pyramidal roof. The structure includes superb stained-glass windows.
- The John McGuire Building. Built in 1852, the building embraces the best of the Federal style and includes a cantilevered balcony that’s worth the effort to see even if the remainder of the building wasn’t lovely.
There are many other lovely buildings to take in, which is why it’s important to set aside plenty of time to see all of the street’s historic structures. When you’ve thoroughly explored the Dauphin Street historic district, Mobile still has plenty of other attractions worth exploring.
When you’re ready to move on to your next stop, you’ll find it’s an easy drive to the Hadley Law Firm office at 4087 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile.
Relax and Enjoy
Mobile is a truly wonderful destination with a variety of attractions to enjoy. Once you’ve sampled what Dauphin Street has to offer, you’ll want to take in some of the city’s other attractions. It’s definitely worth visiting the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Alabama, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the Southern U.S.