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The Majesty of Mobile

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Mobile, dotted with quaint Gulf Coast cottages, grand public structures, and elegant mansions, is the only seaport city in Alabama. Traces of the city's rich history can be found in its architecture. Whether featuring full-length French doors, which were popular in the 1850s, or gabled dormers with wide turrets from the 1890s, each of the included sixty-six buildings has become a significant part of Mobile's aesthetic beauty.

Radiant images of Southern architecture from the ...

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Overview

Mobile, dotted with quaint Gulf Coast cottages, grand public structures, and elegant mansions, is the only seaport city in Alabama. Traces of the city's rich history can be found in its architecture. Whether featuring full-length French doors, which were popular in the 1850s, or gabled dormers with wide turrets from the 1890s, each of the included sixty-six buildings has become a significant part of Mobile's aesthetic beauty.

Radiant images of Southern architecture from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries accompany historical anecdotes and interesting tidbits. Many of the structures profiled are associated with famous Confederate characters as well as mystic societies, the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Alabama, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. From Italianate and Greek Revival to Carpenter Gothic and Romanesque, the city's diverse architectural influences make the perfect coffee-table book.

Jim Fraiser is the author of fourteen books about the history, architecture, and culture of the Deep South, including The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta, The Majesty of Eastern Mississippi and the Coast, Mississippi River Country Tales: A Celebration of 500 Years of Deep South History, and Vanished Mississippi Gulf Coast, all published by Pelican. He is a federal administrative law judge, adjunct law professor, and regular contributing book reviewer to numerous Deep South magazines and newspapers. He resides in Madison, Mississippi.

Pat Caldwell, a partner in the law firm Riley, Caldwell, Cork & Alvis, P.A., has served as general counsel of BancorpSouth, Inc., BancorpSouth Bank, and its respective subsidiaries. He is a Taylor Medalist and past president of the Lee County Young Lawyers Association and was a Mid-South Super Lawyer for 2010 and 2011. He lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.

An expert on Mobile history, John Sledge is an architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission. A past president of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society, he founded Church Street Graveyard Preservation Foundation, Inc. Sledge is on the board of the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery and has received many awards for his writing and historical contributions. He is the books editor for the Mobile Press-Register and has published books, articles, essays, and encyclopedia entries about the Deep South. He and his wife reside in Fairhope, Alabama.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455614912
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 959,296
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM FRAISER is a federal administrative law judge and a law school and college instructor. He is a freelance journalist/photographer and has written regularly for various Mississippi publications. A professional actor and director, Fraiser is a member of the Screen Actor's Guild.

Pat Caldwell, a partner in the law firm Riley, Caldwell, Cork & Alvis, P.A., has served as general counsel of BancorpSouth, Inc., BancorpSouth Bank, and its respective subsidiaries. He is a Taylor Medalist and past president of the Lee County Young Lawyers Association, and he was a Mid-South Super Lawyer for 2010 and 2011. He lives in Tupelo, Mississippi.

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