Coley Building

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Coley Building
Coley Building Facade.jpg
The Coley Building facade in 2009
Coley Building is located in Alabama
Coley Building
Coley Building is located in the US
Coley Building
Location 56 St. Francis Street
Mobile, Alabama,
United States
Coordinates 30°41′37″N 88°2′25″W / 30.69361°N 88.04028°W / 30.69361; -88.04028Coordinates: 30°41′37″N 88°2′25″W / 30.69361°N 88.04028°W / 30.69361; -88.04028
Built 1836
Architectural style Federal, Beaux-Arts
NRHP Reference # 82001611[1]
Added to NRHP October 22, 1982

The Coley Building was a historic two-story commercial building in Mobile, Alabama. It began as a one-story Federal style masonry structure in 1836. It was the last 19th century building to survive on its city block. The block, situated between the streets of St. Francis, Royal, Water, and St. Michael, was a center for many of Mobile's brokerage firms prior to the American Civil War. The building was seized by the Confederate government during the war from a suspected Union collaborator.[2] It was enlarged and remodeled in the 1870s, with the addition of a second floor and the application of a Beaux-Arts-influenced cast iron facade.[1][3]

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1982.[1] It was demolished in 2003 to make way for a parking deck to serve the RSA Battle House Tower, located across the street. The cast iron architectural details were saved by Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) and later restored by Robinson Iron of Alexander City, Alabama. The front facade of the building was then rebuilt and grafted onto the modern parking garage in 2006.[4]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Places in Peril 2002". Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Losses: The Coley Building". Alabama's Preservation Scoreboard. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Battle House Spa and Parking Facility". White-Spunner Construction, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-01.