Carlen House

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Carlen House
Carlen House.JPG
The Carlen House in 2008.
Carlen House is located in Alabama
Carlen House
Carlen House is located in the US
Carlen House
Location 54 South Carlen Street
Mobile, Alabama
Coordinates 30°41′3″N 88°5′10″W / 30.68417°N 88.08611°W / 30.68417; -88.08611Coordinates: 30°41′3″N 88°5′10″W / 30.68417°N 88.08611°W / 30.68417; -88.08611
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built 1843
Architectural style Gulf Coast cottage
NRHP Reference # 81000131[1]
Added to NRHP June 12, 1981

The Carlen House, also known as the Carlen House Museum, is a historic house museum in Mobile, Alabama, United States. The house was built in the Gulf Coast cottage style in 1843.[1] It was the residence of Michael and Mary Carlen, Irish immigrants, and their twelve children. Operated as a farm during the 19th century, the Mobile County School Board acquired 38 acres (15 ha) of the property from the Carlen family in 1923 as the site for a new public city school. As a result, the house is now on the northern edge of the Murphy High School campus.[2] It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 12, 1981.[1]

The house is currently not open to the public.[3]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "School History". "Murphy High School Alumni Association". Archived from the original on March 31, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Carlen House plans put on hold". January 10, 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2015.