THE HISTORIC DISTRICTS OF MIDTOWN


There are six of the City's ten historic districts that lie in the Midtown area, the other 4 are not too far off either! These district are primarily residential and contain architectural resources from the 19th and 20th centuries. Each district has a unique character that reflects the City's growth during these two centuries. The diversity of building types is treasured by locals and visitors alike.

The most noticeable distinction in the districts is the Historic Building Marker. This is an award for restoring or maintaining the remarkable architectural past of Mobile. It denotes buidlings that contribute to the City's unique character and history, and honors the owners of the property. To recieve the marker, a building must be at least 75 years of age, have retained its original character and be well maintained. The marker consists of two seperate pieves-the shield and the banner. The shield design represents the six flags that have been flown over Mobile in its more than 315 years of existance (founded in 1702): French (1702-1763), English (1763-1780), Spanish (1780-1813), Republic of Alabama (1861), Confederate States of America (1861-1865), and United States of America (1813-1861;1865-present). The banner indicates the names of the original and current owners as well as the construction date. The City takes special pride in the buildings marked with this symbol. According to local real estate agents, the marker adds $10,000 to the value of the home.

source: Mobile Historic Development Commission