The Pincus Building

Restoring a Queen Anne Revival in the Heart of Downtown Mobile

The renovation of the Pincus Building at the corner of Royal and Dauphin Streets in downtown Mobile is a beautiful example of Rogers & Willard's commitment to deliver forward-thinking innovation while maintaining continuity with the past. Constructed in 1891 by esteemed architect Rudolph Benz, the Queen Anne Revival-style building had suffered storm-related deterioration over the years but has been faithfully restored to its original splendor. The historic third floor cast iron balconies required complete removal, with the base structures rebuilt to code in durable steel. The original cast iron lace was carefully preserved to the extent possible and with the expertise of Stewart Iron Works, seamlessly reconstructed in places where the original craftsmanship had succumbed to the ravages of time. A beautiful new slate roof was installed along with new copper gutters and concrete finials that had been compromised in a hurricane were replaced in fiberglass to ensure longevity. In addition, several of the building's ornate floral motifs were recast in plaster and the exterior was repainted in a vibrant new hue. 

The interior space was given equal consideration in preserving the integrity of the original: brick walls that had been previously covered in drywall were exposed along with beautiful fireplaces representative of the style of the day. The third floor office space was outfitted with operable walls, hardwood flooring, and mosaic tilework in bathrooms. The building's legacy is secure as a star in the firmament of Mobile's cityscape.