St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
St. Augustine Civic Center
It was the Junior Chamber of Commerce that first proposed the idea of a Civic Center that would serve "as an incentive not only to attract but hold the influx of tourists to this city on their annual trek from lands of snow to the sunshine state."
That dream was realized on February 14, 1935 when more than 1,000 people gathered at the new facility for the start of a three-day festival celebrating its opening.
Constructed with native coquina stone in just eleven months under the auspices of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration at a cost of nearly $100,000, the Civic Center featured a main hall with a seating capacity of 500, a 36' stage with green velvet curtains and lounge rooms furnished with bridge tables and leather padded chairs. Outside there were shuffle board, tennis and croquet courts, and areas for baseball and football provided for the entertainment of the city's visitors.
The Civic Center's designer was Frederick A. Henderich, who arrived in St. Augustine at the beginning of the 20th century as an architect for the Florida East Coast Railway. After entering private practice, he designed many St. Augustine structures
The facility underwent extensive renovations in the fall of 2012 and now in addition to welcoming visitors to St. Augustine also host a variety of historic and cultural exhibits.
Erected by City of St. Augustine.
Location. 29° 53.916′ N, 81° 18.897′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from South Castillo Drive (Business U.S. 1) south of West Castillo Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located behind the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 S Castillo Dr, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fuente de los Caños de San Francisco (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named St. Augustine Civic Center (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cubo Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone (within shouting distance of this marker); Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 300 feet away); Los Floridanos (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . St. Augustine Civic Center. (Submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 10, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.