St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Bostonian Franklin W. Smith designed and built the Villa as his winter residence. It is important for its distinct architectural design and construction method in addition to its role in the early tourism industry in St. Augustine. The novel design represents the Moorish Revival style and takes direct inspiration from the Alhambra Palace in Spain. The building is recognized as the earliest Moorish Revival designed residence in Florida. Also, the building represents the first example of the transition from local coquina stone to another indigenous material, coquina shell reinforced concrete which was Smith's innovation. This use of coquina stone, shell, and concrete continues to be used in St. Augustine for stucco finishes, paved sidewalks, and parking areas.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Erected by City of St. Augustine.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
Location. 29° 53.509′ N, 81° 18.912′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 83 King Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Villa Zorayda Today (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Villa Zorayda (a few steps from this marker); Xavier Lopez House (within shouting distance of this marker); Ponce de Leon Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry M. Flagler (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Pedro Menendez De Aviles (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alcazar Hotel / City Hall (about 300 feet away); Don Pedro Menéndez de Aviles (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
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