The Joshua Kennedy Home, located at 607 Government Street, was built in 1857 by Joshua Kennedy, Jr. The façade of the home features an unusual full height portico that has been described as reflecting a transition between the Greek Revival and Italianate Currently The Joshua Kennedy Home is owned by The 1857 Foundation. The Foundation was organized by a group of concerned local business professionals who collectively saw a need to save this remarkable structure. Read more about the 1857 Foundation. Pro 1 Painters assisted in restoring the plaster walls and crown molding.
Project Type: Commercial Interior Painting
Project Location: Mobile, AL
In the Fall of 2019, the 1857 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, completed its full restoration of the Joshua Kennedy Jr. home, located in the Church Street East historic neighborhood of downtown Mobile at 607 Government Street.
Pro 1 Painters was selected to assist with the exterior and interior painting of the structure.
Here are some excerpts from Mystic Restoration, Mobile Bay Monthly
By Eleanor Inge Baker – February 14, 2020
“The plaster walls and crown molding were fully restored. The house, features 14-foot ceilings, seven fireplaces, a beautiful bay window, arched windows and doors, and the original sweeping staircase, right, along a plaster radius wall in the grand hallway.
In February 2017, the foundation successfully acquired the property from the Lamar Y. McLeod American Legion Post 3, which occupied the house from 1948 to 2017. “One of the most unique aspects of this restoration project is the foundation’s partnership with the American Legion, which will allow them to resume use of the building for membership meetings and events for the next 10 years at no cost,” says Allan Gustin, a local commercial contractor and the chairman of the design committee that oversaw the details of the actual restoration. “My father was a veteran, and it’s important to us as a group to support men and women who served in our armed forces.”