OAKDALE, settled on the site of the former dairy and farmland in the late 19th and early 20th century, was a working and middle-class neighborhood in close proximity to the Broad Street, Washington Avenue, Marine Street, and Ann Street trolley lines. Bound on the north by Virginia Street, the east by I-10, the south by Preston Avenue and the west by South Ann Street, the earliest maps of the area, including the 1904 Sanborn Map and Peavy’s 1911 City Map, designate this area as Oakdale.
Washington Avenue, Broad, Ann, and Marine Streets were the earliest north-south streets in the district, and Baltimore and Tennessee Streets were the earliest east-west streets. These streets appear to be an early 19th-century extension of Mobile’s original grid plan running from the urban core to the rural countryside that was constructed in anticipation of southward expansion. Housing forms and styles throughout the district reflect the range of styles and forms popular from 1900 to 1960.