THE LEINKAUF STORY
Leinkauf Historic District in midtown Mobile, Alabama, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 24, 1987. It is named for Hungarian immigrant, prominent banker, and Mobile County Commissioner Williams Henry Leinkauf. Established as a residential area around 1896, the modern district is made up of neighborhoods representing various periods of development that grew together through infill to become the city's first western streetcar suburb. The buildings range in age from the 1820s to early 20th century and cover a variety of 19th and 20th century architectural styles.
Sources: The National Register of Historic Places , Midtown Mobile Movement and Rediscovering East Mobile: Path to Revitalization; iTeam Mobile
For more information on the history of the Leinkauf Historic District visit:
Mobile Historic Development Commission: The Midtown Mobile Movement:
Leinkauf School History
Leinkauf Historic District surrounds Leinkauf Elementary School. Also named for W.H. Leinkauf, this school was built circa 1904 as a one story, four classroom facility. The Leinkauf School Improvement Association repeatedly influenced the City Council to approve neighborhood-wide betterment of streets, storm water drainage, and other amenities, and the school often anchored these discussions. Leinkauf Elementary holds the distinction of being Alabama's oldest public school in continuous use. Heavily damaged by fire in 1993, it was historically reconstructed and additional facilities were added to enlarge the campus. The school now encompasses roughly 2 city blocks. The architectural entrance to Leinkauf school was adopted as the official emblem of LHDNO and was interpreted in an attractive graphic design by Nicholas Thomas for the organization’s exclusive use.
Leinkauf’s Location and Amenities
The Leinkauf Historic District is roughly bounded on the North by Government Street and the Old Dauphin Way Historic District; bounded on the East by South Ann Street, the Oakleigh Garden Historic District and Magnolia Cemetery; bounded on the South by Eslava Street and 1920's subdivisions; and bounded on the West by South Monterey Street , the Park Terrace Subdivision (1927), and Houston Street.
Centrally located in the heart of old Mobile, Leinkauf is just minutes away from all the amenities urban life can offer while also providing quiet residential life. “It's a village within the downtown community with a lot going on,” said Cart Blackwell, architectural historian, during one of his many Architectural Tours of Historic Mobile. Going east on Government Street, you are just a 10 minute bike ride or drive from downtown and the riverfront, also a walkable distance at under two miles. Here you will find restaurants, bars, theaters, fine hotels, shops, museums and Alabama's tallest and oldest skyscrapers full of corporate business offices. Ten minutes west on Government and Airport Boulevards are big box stores and malls. Within leisurely walking distance are grocery stores, coffee shops, pharmacies, banks, parks, and supply stores. An easy drive takes you to sandy beaches, eastern Shore villages on Mobile Bay, and Gulf resorts.
LHDNO: Who We Are
The Leinkauf Historic District Neighborhood Organization, formerly the Leinkauf Neighborhood Association, was founded in 1992 by Leinkauf residents to preserve historical structures and to promote a high quality of life for residents. Through two plus decades, the neighborhood group has served and evolved, but the mission remains focused on historic preservation and quality of life through engaged and connected neighbors, protection of Leinkauf’s natural and built environments, and property values that insure the area’s continued legacy. The Leinkauf Historic District Neighborhood Organization builds upon the good works of its founders, some of whom remain active members and leaders today, and we are committed to engaging all Leinkauf residents in our progress. Find out how you can make a difference by becoming a member. All adult residents are eligible for membership, so join us today! See the Membership page on this website for how to become a member, or to easily enroll online using PayPal.
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Historic preservation and protections for our neighborhoods
must be a collaborative effort of all of us who enjoy Mobile’s historic communities.