Restore Mobile is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the architectural and cultural character of Mobile and its diverse neighborhoods through preservation, revitalization, advocacy, and empowerment.
Our funding sources are primarily a combination of public grants; private foundation grants; corporate sponsorships; special events income; and individual donors.
We work closely with local organizations such as the City of Mobile, the Mobile County Commission, the Mobile Historic Development Commission, the Mobile Architectural Review Board, the Downtown Mobile Alliance, and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Restore Mobile, Inc is a successor organization to The Mobile Revolving Fund, established in 1992 by the Mobile Historic Development Commission. In 2010, Restore Mobile’s Board of Directors voted to form its own non-profit, separate from The City of Mobile; however, the core mission of preserving Mobile’s historic architecture, did not change. Since our founding, we have worked to save, oftentimes from demolition, over 30 buildings through our historic properties redevelopment program.
In the 1990s and through the mid-2000s, we generally owned, stabilized, then marketed for sale one building at a time, reinvesting the proceeds to acquire the next threatened property. By the mid-to-late 2000s, we had received federal funding used to address vacant homes along a corridor of Old Shell Road in Old Dauphin Way Historic District. Seeing the success of renovating clusters of properties within a focused area, we have replicated that approach ever since, first in the Texas Hills area of the Oakleigh Garden Historic District, and more recently in the Oakdale National Register Historic District.
Kelley Ponder, Ph.D.