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Davis Shores

 
 
Davis Shores Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
1. Davis Shores Marker
Inscription. Until the 1920s the northwest corner of Anastasia Island was a swampy lowland with occasional peaks of high ground. In 1925, wealthy Florida land developer D.P. Davis purchased the lowlands and raised them in a massive 1,500 acre dredge and fill operation. Davis designed and subdivided the new land to provide for 50 miles of streets, 100 miles of sidewalks and curbs, parks, plazas, two 18 hole golf courses, a casino, Roman pool, yacht club, hotel, apartments, residences, and business districts. Its distinctive curving street patterns, wide boulevards, unusual triangulated lots in a garden-like setting exhibit key elements of the most influential city planning movements of that time; the City Beautiful, Picturesque and Garden City movements. While many lots were sold, Florida's Land Bust of 1926 ended Davis' dream. Only eleven Mediterranean Revival style structures were built: six houses, four apartments, and a sales office for the Davis Corporation. By 1927, the newly completed Bridge of Lions led to a depressed area. Not until the prosperous post-World War II years did Davis Shores see revived interest and rapid growth. Today, Davis Shores still retains much of the original design and most of its 1920s structures.
 
Erected 2006 by City of St. Augustine and the Florida Department of State. (Marker
Davis Shores Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
2. Davis Shores Marker
Number F-592.)
 
Location. 29° 53.583′ N, 81° 18.26′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Anastasia Boulevard (State Highway A1A) and Alcazar Street, on the right when traveling west on Anastasia Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32080, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Augustine Sea Wall (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Boat Basin (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Plaza Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Remnant of Rodriguez Arsian House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Juan Ponce De Leon (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Augustine First World War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Public Market Place (approx. 0.4 miles away); Slave Market (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
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Entrance Plaza to Davis Shores image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
3. Entrance Plaza to Davis Shores
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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