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Richards DAR House Museum

256 North Joachim Street


The Richards - DAR House Museum was built in 1860 in the Italianate style. Famous for its cast-iron facade depicting the four seasons. National Register (1860). Lavish iron lace decorates the Richards – Daughters of the American Revolution House Museum. This beautiful Town House of the Italianate style tells the story of Mobile during its antebellum period. Steamboat Captain Charles G. Richards and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Steele, built their dream house in 1860.

The Ideal Cement Company purchased the house from Richards’ descendants in 1946. After being turned over to the city of Mobile in 1973, the five Mobile Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution leased the home. The organization is responsible for furnishing and administering it as a Period House Museum.
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The house museum is magnificently decorated with carved Carrara marble mantels, double parlors and reception hall with massive brass and bronze chandeliers designed of fanciful mythological figures, holding aloft etched and crenelated glass globes. Panes of ruby Bohemian glass frame the doorway, silver bell pulls for calling servants are in each room and the front gallery floor is made of gray and white marble squares. In the Richards – DAR House Museum hangs one of the largest crystal chandeliers in the city, reflecting in a French mirror over the mantel. The furnishings of this house museum date back prior to 1870.This beautiful home has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. We invite you to tour the house and have a cup of tea and cookies, which are served to all guests.


Victor Hills

Thursday, April 12, 2018
I recently detoured through Mobile on our way around some weather from Florida back home to Minnesota. We were unsure about our plan for the day until we arrived in Mobile and conducted a search of the area. After being on the beach and by the pool all week we decided we needed some culture and history and settled on the DAR house tour to start our day. It was the Saturday before Easter and relatively quiet around town. The weather was also....perfect!


Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Best tour in Mobile! The tour guide was wonderful! She took her time and even allowed questions. She was very informative!


Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Nice place to stop by. The tour guide, Judy was friendly and informative.

Wayne Simon

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Interesting furnishing.

Seth Gehlken

Saturday, June 2, 2018

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