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Richards DAR House Museum, Mobile

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Admission: Adults $10.00 Children $5.00

Group rates also available. Please call for a quote.

Rental Fees

Three hour event(reception)- $1,000

Four hour event or wedding(wedding and reception) - $1200

The house also has reception tables and chairs for rent.

One of Mobile's finest examples of the Italianate style. Famous for its cast-iron facade depicting the four seasons. National Register (1860). Lavish iron lace decorates the Richards – Daughters of the American Revolution House Museum. This beautiful Town House of the Italianate style tells the story of Mobile during its antebellum period. Steamboat Captain Charles G. Richards and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Steele, built their dream house in 1860.

The Ideal Cement Company purchased the house from Richards’ descendants in 1946. After being turned over to the city of Mobile in 1973, the five Mobile Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution leased the home. The organization is responsible for furnishing and administering it as a Period House Museum.

The house museum is magnificently decorated with carved Carrara marble mantels, double parlors and reception hall with massive brass and bronze chandeliers designed of fanciful mythological figures, holding aloft etched and crenelated glass globes. Panes of ruby Bohemian glass frame the doorway, silver bell pulls for calling servants are in each room and the front gallery floor is made of gray and white marble squares. In the Richards – DAR House Museum hangs one of the largest crystal chandeliers in the city, reflecting in a French mirror over the mantel. The furnishings of this house museum date back prior to 1870.

This beautiful gallery has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. We invite you to tour the house and have a cup of tea and cookies, which are served to all guests. To visit Richards DAR House Museum and other attractions in Mobile, use our Mobile route builder website.
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  • Tough to get into with limited hours and rental functions, but I made it - and somehow qualified for free admission too boot (Mobile Day?). This is an ornate and pretty example of an Italianate... 
    Tough to get into with limited hours and rental functions, but I made it - and somehow qualified for free admission too boot (Mobile Day?). This is an ornate and pretty example of an Italianate...  more »
  • I arrived at this beautiful house and was pleasantly surprised to meet a gorgeous woman. She gave us a house and quickly told the story of this house, although she was very busy with other things... 
    I arrived at this beautiful house and was pleasantly surprised to meet a gorgeous woman. She gave us a house and quickly told the story of this house, although she was very busy with other things...  more »
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  • My wife and I were married in this house 35 years ago. The DAR house looked better than it did 35 years ogo. There has been more restoration work and it was beautiful. The ladies of DAR do a great job of saving this historic site. Thank you ladies.
  • We really enjoyed our visit. Love the history and the house. DAR has done a wonderful job caring for this home.

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