St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Coquina in These Walls
Coquina en Estas Paredes
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A coquina quarry was opened on Anastasia Island to build the Castillo de San Marcos (1672-1695) and the Spanish governor's house (1689 and 1713). Large coquina slabs were cut by hand, ferried across Matanzas River, and hewn into building blocks. An Englishman named John Collins (Juan Calens) was the quarry-master.
Harry Fenn in Picturesque America by William Cullen Bryant, 1872, courtesy St. Augustine Historical Society
En la isla Anastasia se estableció una cantera de coquina para construir el Castillo San Marcos (1672-1695) y la casa del gobernador español (1689 y 1713). Los grandes trozos de coquina se cortaban a mano y se transportaban al otro lado del río Matanzas, donde se convertían en bloques de construcción. El ingles John Collins (Juan Calens) era el maestro de la cantera.
Erected by University of Florida Historic St. Augustine, Inc.
Location. 29° 53.559′ N, 81° 18.773′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of Cathedral Place (Business U.S. 1) and St. George Street, on the left when traveling west on Cathedral Place. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the sidewalk at the southwest corner of the intersection, near the northeast corner of the Government House building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 48 King Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Balcón de los Reyes (a few steps from this marker); Government House: Legacy of Authority (a few steps from this 8 inch Columbiad (a few steps from this marker); Plaza de la Constitución (a few steps from this marker); Government House and the Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Government House: National Significance (within shouting distance of this marker); Cathedral Basillica of St. Augustine (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Young Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
More about this marker. Marker is a large rectangular composite plaque, mounted horizontally on waist-high metal posts.
Regarding Coquina in These Walls. National Register of Historic Places (2013) #13000812
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Government House, Coquina Walls, St. Augustine, Florida
Also see . . . Coquina: History and use. Coquina deposits in Florida occur mostly along the eastern coast of the peninsula. This coquina (Submitted on December 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Architecture • Colonial Era • Landmarks • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.