The Abandoned Outlaw House

This house has a long history, dating all the way back to 1914. It was once considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in Alabama. The home was bought by a man named George Outlaw in 1925. He was the founder of a popular restaurant chain called Morrison’s Cafeteria, known for its delicious home-style recipes, self-service, and affordable prices, as reported by Abandoned Southeast.

The house was designed by a renowned architect named George Bigelow Rogers. It showcases features like thick stucco walls, arched doorways, and overhanging eaves, all in a beautiful Mediterranean style. Rogers is famous for designing many iconic landmarks in Alabama, such as the Mobile Public Library, Bellingrath House, and the Van Antwerp Building.

Interestingly, there are no official records of how Outlaw acquired the house, but it’s believed that he won it in a poker game. At the time, the estate included a vast 120 acres of land with a 17-acre lake, which became known as Outlaw’s Lake.

After George Outlaw passed away in 1964, his adult son returned to the house from the city and renovated it for the local police chief. Later, in the 1980s, his son and his family lived in the house. However, a conflict arose when he became the mayor of Mobile, and he was compelled to move with his family to a home within the city limits.

Presently, the abandoned home is still owned by the Outlaw family, and a portion of the property is used for hunting and tree farming. However, there is uncertainty regarding any future plans to renovate the house.

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