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The Carlen neighborhood represents the best of an older, established downtown area. It speaks of a time when the pace of life was slower and neighbors met on sidewalks or front porches. The area retains that graciousness. Homes are welcoming and the variety of styles adds interest. Carlen is in the vicinity, however, of some fine mansions. In fact, it is only a short walk from the neighborhood to several Mobile treasures, including Carlen House Museum.
The Carlen neighborhood is bound by Dauphin Street, Houston Street, Government Street, and South Florida Street in ZIP code 36606.
Carlen House Museum provides a glimpse into farm life in the 1800s. It is a Creole Cottage, built in 1842. Across the street from Carlen House is Trinity Episcopal Church, established in 1845. Only a few blocks from Carlen House is the Greek Revival mansion most frequently associated with the city of Mobile—the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, built in 1855. A morning walk can definitely be a trip back in time.
But the area is rich with other attractions as well. Within walking distance is the Joe Jefferson Playhouse. It is the state’s oldest continuously running community theater and recently earned the rating of “Best Community Theater” by Mobile Bay Magazine. The grounds and building capture the romance of the south.
For those with an interest in science, the Gulf Coast Exploreum is an educational–and affordable—place. There are three permanent exhibits, plus constantly changing traveling exhibits, and an IMAX theater. Many locals choose a family membership for real value.
Residents of Carlen are not only graced with mansions and lovely neighborhood architecture. They are also close to the many festivals around Mobile. Of course, Mardi Gras is the biggest, but many others are equally entertaining.