Modern Image of Joe Jefferson Players, image from the Author

The image above is a glance at the current exterior of Joe Jefferson Players residing on South Carlen Street. The building is described as a two story stucco theatre building with an iron gallery facade. The architectural style of Joe Jefferson Players is called Italianate. The Italianate style is based on Italian country style villas with a particular emphasis on symmetry. This specific style tends to favor low-pitched roofs with wide bracketed eaves, which is displayed on the Joe Jefferson building.

A distinguishing feature on the building is undoubtedly the maroon ornamental iron gallery that encases the building’s facade. The inclusion of this architectural feature is a historical callback to the cast-iron verandas that were highly favored in the city of Mobile notably on Government street during the 1890s. 

Renovations and History

Image of Joe Jefferson Players under renovations in 1967, sourced from JJP scrapbooks in Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Archives.

The exterior of Joe Jefferson Players has changed multiple times throughout the years. The Players building was condemned in 1959 by the city of Mobile. Once funds were raised, changes to the exterior renovations occurred in 1961. The exterior changes happened again in 1967 with the inclusion of the iron gallery façade and room to carter to a larger audience. Today, JJP offers seating up to 300 people. Within the interior of JJP, there is a large lobby which contains a : ticket area, meeting area with the cast, and stairs leading up to the general audience seating. The “actor’s area” consists of : the green room, costume shop, dressing rooms and stairs leading up to the main stage.

Interior gallery

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