Carlen House

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Carlen House
Carlen House.JPG
The Carlen House in 2008.
Carlen House is located in Alabama
Carlen House
Location 54 South Carlen Street
Mobile, Alabama
Coordinates 30°41′2.10″N 88°5′9.67″W / 30.6839167°N 88.0860194°W / 30.6839167; -88.0860194Coordinates: 30°41′2.10″N 88°5′9.67″W / 30.6839167°N 88.0860194°W / 30.6839167; -88.0860194
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 Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "School History". "Murphy High School Alumni Association". Retrieved 2008-03-11. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Carlen House plans put on hold". January 10, 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2015.