Mobile Public Library Digital Collections

Mobile Public Library Local History & Genealogy Library

The Local History and Genealogy Library is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the history of Mobile, and the greater Gulf Coast region.

Nicholas Holmes Memorial Collection


Nicholas Holmes Memorial Collection


Photographs taken of Mobile buildings for a project assigned to architect Nicholas Holmes, as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey.

"When Nicholas Holmes - the seventh generation of his family to bear the name - died in 1957, his son Nicholas sought an appropriate way to pay homage to his father's memory.

His decision was to purchase from the Library of Congress copies of more than 600 blueprints and drawings of historic buildings in Mobile compiled under the aegis of the Historical American Buildings Survey during the Depression.

He donated the works to the Mobile Historic Preservation Society and selected the Mobile Public Library as the depository for these drawings and photographs so that interested persons might have free access to the documents..."

-Mobile Press Register, October 9, 1977


Nicholas Hanson Holmes III


Historic American Buildings Survey


Photographer, W.N. Manning
Photographer, E.W. Russell
Photographer, Jack E. Boucher


These items may be used for educational and research purposes. Materials created for U.S. Government are considered public domain -





Collection Items

Augusta Evans Wilson House, 2564 Spring Hill Ave.
Photos of the Augusta Evans Wilson House, also known as Georgia Cottage, at 2564 Spring Hill Avenue, Mobile, AL

Dargan-Waring House & Waring "Texas" House
Photos of the Dargan-Waring House at 351 Government St., and the Waring "Texas" House at 110 South Claiborne, St., Mobile, AL, including a short history written by Historic Mobile Tours, Inc.

Walsh House, 1664 Spring Hill Ave.
Photos of the Walsh House, also known as the Vincent-Walsh House, at 1664 Spring Hill Avenue, Mobile, AL

Batre-Hamilton House, 320 Avalon St.
Photos of the Batre-Hamilton House, also known as the W.M. Broun House, at 320 Avalon Street, Spring Hill, Mobile, AL

U.S. Marine Hospital Gates, 800 St. Anthony St.
Photos of the ironwork gates at the U.S. Marine Hospital, at 800 St. Anthony Street, Mobile, AL

Trammell House, 255 N. Conception St.
Photos of later period ironwork at the Trammell House, also known as the Charles K. Foote House, at 255 North Conception Street, Mobile, AL

Toulmin House, 552 Wilson Ave.
Photos of the General Theophilus Toulmin House, originally at 552 Wilson Avenue, Touminville, AL, dismantled in 1974 and rebuilt on University of South Alabama campus, at 307 University Blvd., Mobile, AL, under supervision of Nicholas H. Holmes, Jr.

Sanford-Thompson House, 1621 Spring Hill Ave
Photos of the Sanford-Thompson House at 1621 Spring Hill Avenue, Mobile, AL

Tate House, 304 State St.
Photo of the Tate House, with late period ironwork, at 304 State Street, Mobile, AL

Sanford-Staylor House, 451 & 453 St. Francis St.
Photos of the Sanford-Staylor House, also known as the William Staylor House and the John Craft House, at 451 and 453 St. Francis Street, Mobile, AL
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