September 29, 2017

Preservation Personals: Alabama Federal Seeks Owner with Eye for Detail

  • By: Nick Som

People like to say the devil’s in the details. But when it comes to me, an Italianate-inspired Federal townhome located in Mobile, Alabama’s Historic DeTonti Square, the details are where I truly shine.

Since my construction back in 1873, all my countless features have been exquisitely maintained. For starters, my front porch still contains the geometric tiling my builders chose back in the 19th century. If you look closely, you’ll notice the care and skill that went into the hand-crafted ironwork that decorates the porch, fence, and my Old Mobile double balcony.

But that’s merely what my exterior has to offer. Step through my walnut transom front door, and you will be greeted by a foyer designed to impress any visitor. Its high ceilings, hardwood floors, and eye-catching staircase make it one of the rooms I’m most proud to show off.

An observant visitor might spot the marble mantle that sits below my dining room’s three-bay window. Don’t worry if you miss it, though—the mantles of my fireplaces are made of marble, too! And yes, that’s fireplaces with an “S.” My foyer is flanked by two stunning parlors, each with a fireplace, that couldn’t be more perfect for entertaining guests.

Of course, not all of my best qualities are easy to miss. My open-concept kitchen features stainless appliances, golden-honed travertine counters, and a butler’s pantry with an icemaker and wine refrigerator. Both of my floors have enclosed porches with antique painted finish. And if you love to spend time outdoors, you’ll certainly enjoy my backyard patio, fountain, and orchid house.

Whether you view me as an office, bed & breakfast, or your new home, allow me to show how important details truly are. Learn more about me here.

The exterior of a Mobile, Alabama Federal

photo by: Melissa Morrissette

253 State Street, Mobile, Alabama 36603

The parlor of an Alabama Federal.

photo by: Melissa Morrissette

Each of my two spacious parlors comes with a marble gas log fireplace.

The backyard of an Alabama Federal.

photo by: Melissa Morrissette

My backyard offers seclusion and plenty of green space.

Nick Som is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

nsom@savingplaces.org

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