Richards DAR House Museum, Mobile

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The Richards DAR House is a historic house museum in Mobile, Alabama, United States. The Italianate style house was completed in 1860 for Charles and Caroline Richards. It is a contributing property to the De Tonti Square Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 7, 1972. The four Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapters in Mobile jointly operate and maintain the house. It is noted by architectural historians as one of Mobile's best preserved and elaborate examples of mid-19th century domestic architecture.
The house was built in 1860 for Charles G. Richards, a steamboat captain, and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Steele. It remained in their family until 1946, when it was purchased by the Ideal Cement Company. That company renovated it for office use in 1947. It was turned over to the city of Mobile in 1973, which then leased it to the Daughters of the American Revolution for operation as a museum.
The exterior of the two-story brick house is Italianate in style. The rectangular main block is offset at the rear with semi-octagonal bays. It features an elaborate cast iron veranda, with allegorical figures representing the four seasons, across the three bays of the main front elevation. The deck of the veranda is marble and granite. Bracketed cornices and paneled soffits at the roof line are topped by a shallow hipped roof.
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  • It was pouring rain the afternoon we stopped in for a tour. Right away soaking wet as we were the 2 sister docents made us feel very welcome! The one sister ( younger one.....sorry can't remember thei...  more »
  • There were 2 docents, one upstairs and one downstairs, Sylvia and Nora( I think) Nora the upstairs docent was wonderful and Sylvia was a true southern lady, inviting us to sit for a spell. Very knowle...  more »
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  • Larger than it looks! Really noteworthy Italianate home in town. Stunning ironwork, curved staircase, stained glass, antique furniture, dishes, art, and textiles. Reproduction beds throughout were amazing as well. DAR ladies were charming and sweet and serve you tea and cookies at the end. Just a lovely experience. Highly recommend.
  • These ladies were more than friendly and sweet. We came on a Tuesday when they were closed and they still took us on a tour. We are so grateful. The house has so much history!

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