Mobile’s First Courthouse and Later a Private Residence
The Conde-Charlotte House stands in downtown Mobile and marks an important era in the cities history. Not only was it Mobile’s first courthouse, it also served as a jail and a home for one of the cities prominent families.
The Conde-Charlotte House was much smaller at the time that it was built in 1822. In fact it only contained the area that is now the rear kitchen wing. When it was built this structure housed the Mobile courthouse and jail. It was originally placed here because it was positioned nearby the old Fort Conde. This fort was being demolished as it was not longer necessary for the security of Mobile.
In 1849, the courthouse and jail were moved to a new building and Jonathan Kirkbride purchased the land. He built the present day home in front of the old courthouse and attached the two. This kept his kitchen separate from the main home.
For half a century the Kirkbride family lived at the Conde-Charlotte House until 1905. The home changed ownership a few times before being purchased by a local historical society. Since the 1940s, it has been honored with being a significant historical landmark for the city of Mobile.
Violet Sky’s Visit
The Conde-Charlotte house has played a significant role in Mobile’s history and that is evident by its location. I found it interesting to learn that the nearby interstate cut off the home from the rest of downtown when it was placed in the mid-1900s. In fact, this is one of the last historic buildings in the area because of the interstate construction project.
How to Visit
To visit the Conde-Charlotte Museum it is located at 104 Theater Street in downtown Mobile. For more information about hours and admission, please visit the official website here.
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