In Mobile, the month of May was more than just graduations and the ringing in of summer. It was National Historic Preservation Month and Restore Mobile introduced an
engaging way to show support for the preservation movement throughout all thirty-one days of May! The community united to highlight how important preservation is to our city through our educational and festive events and expressive yard signs. Let's recap!
"THIS HOUSE MAKES MOBILE ____" YARD SIGN
Mobile's passion for preservation has never been as proudly displayed as it was with our Preservation Month yard signs sponsored and printed by Mobile's own Gwin's Commerical Printing. Our historic streets and neighborhoods were decorated with these proud signs, each declaring a unique take on the importance of our historic architecture. Your responses to the prompt blew us away. Take a look at some of your creative submissions from around town:
1105 TEXAS STREET OPEN HOUSE
At the beginning of the month, Restore Mobile partnered with homeowner and renovator Trey Lee to give the public an up-close and personal tour of a major home renovation. Guests were invited to asks questions and
get tips straight from Lee himself based on his experience with this transformational project. In fact, the home was acquired and stabilized by Restore Mobile before being sold to Lee, who took over and masterfully executed a beautiful vision for this Oakleigh Garden Historic District cottage. Giving the public the opportunity to learn and share experiences on this often-intimidating endeavor will help visitors avoid common mistakes, learn best practices, and inspire and empower future renovators. We look forward to more tours like this one in the future!
NEIGHBORHOODS ON TAP
A major tenet of our philosophy is that preservation does not happen individually; rather it's a community effort. So what better way to bring likeminded preservation community members together than around great food, drinks, and music? Well, that's exactly what happened with our second Neighborhoods On Tap event at Cedar Street Social Club. It was a beautiful night to meet new friends, see familiar faces, and celebrate all accomplishments from the past year. The merrymaking was briefly paused as Restore Mobile's Executive Director, Sydney Betbeze, addressed the crowd to recap victories, discuss growth, and announce exciting new projects and goals for the coming year. Those victories include six completed renovation/stabilization projects, a partnership with Downtown Mobile Alliance to repair a hurricane-damaged historic home, and the popular Preservation Talk video series produced last year, with support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
The creative outpouring over our yard signs did not take much encouragement, but we think a little competition never hurts. We raised the stakes and offered awesome local prizes for the most creative signs and aesthetic photos submitted. Prizes included a free interior design consultation from Second Mile Designs, two passes to Bienville Bites Food Tours, a signed copy of An Ornament To The City by local author and historian John Sledge, and four tickets to the Crescent Theater. From heartfelt responses, to funny quips, to impressive calligraphy, your creativity blew us away. Needless to say, deciding winners was not an easy task. Here are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place yard signs:
"Lush" by Tom Andrews
Prize: 90-minute project consultation with interior design studio Second Mile Designs
"Memorable" by Roy and Debbie Isbell
Prize: 2 passes for Bienville Bites Food Tour
"Bohemian" by Cheryl Shifflet
Prize: Signed copy of An Ornament to the City by John Sledge
"Cooler than your Mom!" by Sharleen Begnaud
Prize: 4 tickets to the Crescent Theater
It is our mission to not only promote and protect Mobile's architectural and culture character, but to unite likeminded preservations, from academics to hobbyists and anywhere in between, into a thriving community. By exchanging ideas, trading tips, and making new connections we can accomplish more. The month of May proved that this community is stronger than ever and continuing to grow. Thank you to our sponsors, our guests and participants, and our generous donors for an amazing National Historic Preservation Month. Together we can continue to protect and bolster what makes Mobile a unique and beautiful city.