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The Church Street East Historic District is a historic district placed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 16, 1971. As a joint venture with the local and Federal government urban renewal program, this district was originally developed to be the first mixed use area in Mobile....meaning there was to be business (B1) and residential (R1) coexisting side by side. This innovative concept was to encourage light business to operate during the hours that most residential residents were away at work, while after 5:00 p.m. the residents would be there while businesses were closed. At its onset, the houses in poor condition were demolished, while other nearby structures of note were moved into the area for renovation with the input of architectural historians. Open lots would be sold for new construction under the requirements and oversight of the Mobile Historic Review Board, so this makes for a wonderful mix of old and new. Since a boundary increase on January 13, 1984 it is roughly bounded by Broad, Conti, Water, Claiborne, and Canal Streets. April 20, 2005 saw the further addition of 66 and 68 Royal Street to the district. The district contains 83 contributing buildings and one object. It contains portions of Mobile's 19th century downtown area and features government, museum, commercial, and residential structures in a variety of 19th century styles. The buildings range in age from the 1820s to 1900 and include the Federal, Greek Revival, Renaissance Revival, Italianate, and various other Victorian architectural styles. Notable buildings include the Government Street Presbyterian Church, Barton Academy, and the Ketchum House. Location is the key to its popularity. Just west of the auditorium complex downtown, this neighborhood is in walking distance to downtown entertainment district, Bay Fest, Mardi Gras, Art Walk, July 4th fireworks at Cooper Riverside Park, art studios and shops. British Park is in the center of this district and has become the local’s dog park. An active HOA with many planned events make this one of the most exciting neighborhoods to live. I recommend this historic district, having renovated a home there, a resident for six years and ex-president of the HOA.