3703 OLD SHELL ROAD, MOBILE, AL 36608 (MLS # 608240)

Price $160,000
Status Active
Beds 2
Baths 1 bath
Home size 1,509 sq ft
Lot Size 22,215 sqft
Days on Market 94
The Chinaberry - Pfau - Creighton Cottage (3 historic structures) .. "household furniture, one horse, one cart and harness, one buggy and harness and one wide press" was included in the original sale of the bootmaker's property. The German immigrant had built the home in 1862 and is an excellent example of an early farm dwelling located in Sprinhill. Philip J. Pfau, a bootmaker, had his own shop -- The Pfau Company. In 1897, the Pfau property was sold. Chinaberry is an early raised cottage plan without a central hall,customary in the day, two rooms wide and two rooms deep. It is a frame cottage on brick pier foundation with clapboard siding. An entrance into each of the front rooms from the front gallery. One and one-half story elevation with attic area, reached by a narrow, steep interior enclosed stairway located on the outer wall of the front east room and used in later years - could be large Master, media room, etc - it is a large room with possibilities. A gable roof has its ridge parallel to the street with the slope extended to the rear, somewhat in the style of the New England Salt Box. The three bay front gallery has simple columns of square section with out any classical influence. The gallery windows are floor length and shuttered. Side windows have plain framing, double sash with 6/6 lights. The rear gallery has been enclosed to contain bathroom and kitchen facility. There was no kitchen in the main house. The kitchen added is now in disrepair and in dire need of renovation. An old kitchen dependency has been moved closer to the house but is still unattached (would make a better guest house or caretaker's house at this juncture). The Main House, Caretaker's Cottage (which also has a bath with shower) and the Chapel are in need of restoration. Several circular brick semi-private gardens offer a tranquil setting connected by brick pathways throughout the property. The grounds are seasonally resplendent with old plantings of Azaleas, Camellias and other local favorites. Loving care of earlier times is evident. . This home is on the National Register of Historic Places. Part of this description taken from files of The National Register of Historic Places, MHDC (Mobile Historic Development Commission) Alabama Historical Commission and National Trust for Historic Preservation. All measurements are approximate and not guaranteed.
Property Type(s): Single Family
Last Updated 12/21/2017 Tract HILLSIDE-SPRINGHILL
Year Built 1862 Community Springhill/USA


Elementary School MARY B. AUSTIN
Jr. High School PHILLIPS
High School Murphy

Additional Details

AIR None
AREA Springhill/USA
INTERIOR 9+ Ceiling; Floors: Hardwd; Dining: Formal
LOT 0.51 acre(s)
SEWER Public
STYLE Historic
UTILITIES Electric,NatGas
WATER Public



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