Our History


From its beginning, this beautiful century old landmark has boasted a rich history and elegant heritage in the port city of Mobile, Alabama. In 1910, Dr. Parker Glass broke ground and built the 8,000 sq. foot stone, villa-style home.

By the late 1920's Dr. Parker sold the home to Señor Guillermo (William) Valenzuela, a Guatemalan counsel-general to Mobile. Señor Valenzuela's family resided at the home until 1939. In 1939, the stately family mansion was converted to a boarding house for young women during World War II to live while their husband's were away at war. Later, the mansion opened as "The Grey Stone Lodge, For Discriminating Tourists".

After several years of vacancy, in 1976, Filippo Milone purchased the home, restored it and opened "The Pillars Restaurant". This upscale dining facility catered to Gulf Coast Diners and Tourists for the next 26 years solidifying its history in the hearts and minds of the good people of Mobile and its surrounding areas. In 2002, Milone retired and sold the business to Matt and Regina Shipp. The Shipps opened "Justine's at The Pillars." The restaurant successful thrived for 8 years. In 2011, Bill Cutts purchased the century-old landmark. Cutts began necessary repairs, which were completed in 2013.

On April 1, 2015, The Pillars of Mobile, A Great Southern Event Venue opened. Heather Pfefferkorn is the proud operator of this magnificent venue. She has created a modern feel to this historic landmark, allowing clients to create their dream event.

The Pillars has large windows which permit a wealth of natural light. High ceilings, beautiful chandeliers, historic Bellingrath tiles and eight fire places made of either marble or mahogany all add to the ambience. The atrium is adorned with a large 150 year old stained glass window rumored to have been acquired from and undisclosed brothel in New Orleans. In addition to the main event space, there is a built-in-bar and reception area adorned with an antique Steinway Baby Grand Piano.