St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Solla-Carcaba Cigar Factory
Inscription. The Solla-Carcaba Cigar Factory, completed in 1909, is the last remnant in St. Augustine of the cigar industry, whose local origins date to the 1830s. Political unrest drove many Cuban cigar makers to Florida after 1868. Their numbers in St. Augustine were enough by 1892 to attract a visit by revolutionary leader Jose Marti. One Cuban, P.F. Carcaba, born in Oviedo, Spain, brought his cigar-making business from Cincinnati to St. Augustine in 1893, selling pure Havana "Caballeros" in boxes featuring images of Henry Flagler's great hotels. After Carcaba's death in 1906, his son, W.H. Carcaba, partnered with his brother-in-law, Agustin Solla, to construct this building. Local architect Fred A. Henderich, a specialist in revival and Bungalow styles, melded Italianate and Mediterranean Revival elements in his design for the building. The Carcaba Company failed in 1917, its assets purchased by the Pamles-Arango Cigar Company, which itself collapsed in 1926 along with the Florida economy. The building then housed a number of businesses before its restoration in 1985. The oldest surviving major industrial building in the city, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
By James R. Murray, September 23, 2014
1. Solla-Carcaba Cigar Factory Marker
Erected 2014 by Sponsored by James M. Byles and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-804.)
By James R. Murray
2. Sollo-Carcaba Cigar Factory Building
Originally built C. 1909
Added to National Register of Historic Places 1993
Location. 29° 53.449′ N, 81° 19.109′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Ribera Street and Sebastian Harbor Drive, on the right when traveling south on Ribera Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 88 Ribera Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Markland (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florida East Coast Railway - General Office Buildings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anderson Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ponce De Leon Hotel (approx. ╝ mile away); Don Pedro MenÚndez de Aviles (approx. ╝ mile away); Alcazar Hotel / City Hall (approx. ╝ mile away); The Alcazar Hotel (approx. ╝ mile away); 84 Bridge Street (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
Categories. • Hispanic Americans • Industry & Commerce •
By James R. Murray
3. Sollo-Carcaba Cigar Factory Building Current Tenants
Building is now adaptively reused for several businesses.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.