Sunday, November 21, 2010

St Augustine fun

When we visited Sandra's parents a couple weeks ago, we spent a few days in St. Augustine, Florida. We checked out lots of old buildings. Old of course is a relative term. Sandra's favorite coffee is produced by a company that is older than the USA, for example. Above and below is Flagler College. The building used to be the Ponce de Leon hotel, and is amazing.

Below is the Villa Zoryada. Built in 1883, it is one of the earlier examples of poured concrete construction.
The school house below is thought to be the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the USA. It was built sometime between 1702 (when all the buildings in St Augusting were burned by the British) and 1716 (when it appears on the tax records.)

The the González-Alvarez House, below, is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial dwelling in Florida. The site has been occupied since the 1600s and the present house dates to the early 1700s. The first floor is from the Spanish period and the second floor is from the English period, a feature shared by a number of old houses we saw.

This house is the setting for a trilogy of historical novels by Eugenia Price, the first of which is titled, "Maria."

1 comment:

Mr.eNt said...

its a great place...