December 8, 2017

Preservation Personals: Alabama Spanish Revival Offers a Taste of Iberia

  • By: Nicholas Som

Mobile, Alabama, isn’t quite Madrid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live like it is.

I’m a stunning Spanish Revival situated on the south side of Government Street, the major east-west corridor in Mobile. But I’m more than just a pretty face—Mediterranean Colonial-style houses are exceptionally rare in this part of Alabama, especially those created on a scale that rivals mine. I was built for a well-known businessman in the region, and it’s clear that he wanted to stand out from the crowd.

Save for my newly updated kitchen, I look practically the same as I did on the day I was completed back in 1927, thanks to recent restoration work. Designed by Platt Roberts, one of Mobile’s earliest 20th-century architects, my nearly symmetrical floor plan has never been changed, and my limestone stucco exterior adds a touch of authenticity.

As you approach, you won’t fail to notice the beautiful marble terrace with masonry balustrade that leads to my mahogany front doors. Then, once you’re inside, you’ll be greeted by my main suspended staircase imported from Spain. My teak flooring also helps me make an immediate good impression, with each board separated by a thin strip of ebony. Needless to say, my first owner spared little expense with my construction!

Of course, the list of my remarkably preserved features doesn’t end there. My sunroom is an ideal place to survey the 2-acre property, with a pecky cypress ceiling and a Cuban tiled fountain. My study/card room has a corner fireplace with a tapered flue. And even though my kitchen has been fully updated with appliances and new cabinetry, its original fireplace remains untouched.

With a four-car garage, a garden pavilion, and a stone artesian well outside that come included, my property combines architectural significance with all the comforts of home. Learn more about me here.

The exterior of an Alabama Spanish Revival.

photo by: Doug Adams

1673 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama 36604

The living room of an Alabama Spanish Revival.

photo by: Doug Adams

You'll feel like royalty once you spend some time in my living room.

The kitchen of an Alabama Spanish Revival.

photo by: Doug Adams

The old and the new blend perfectly in my kitchen.

Nicholas Som is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

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