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St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Villa Zorayda Today

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
1. The Villa Zorayda Today Marker
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The Villa Zorayda today houses an extensive antique collection from the original owners of this Grand Gilded Age home, Franklin W. Smith, and the Villa's second owner Abraham S. Mussallem, an authority and collector of Egyptian antiquities, oriental rugs and antique furnishings. The magnificent architecture from the Moorish Castle, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, as well as memorabilia from the Villa's past can be viewed as you take a state of the art audio guided tour throughout the museum and learn of the Villa Zorayda's colorful past as well as its over 126 year history. The Villa Zorayda is one of the city's most historically significant buildings with Franklin Smith's creation of poured Portland cement and crushed coquina stone construction. Mr. Smith also built the Casa Monica hotel and instructed Henry Flagler's architects in its use in building the grand Ponce de Leon Hotel, Alcazar Hotel and Memorial Presbyterian Church. Recently closed for an extensive restoration, the Villa Zorayda has been restored to its original grandeur.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1883.
 
Location.
The Villa Zorayda Today Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
2. The Villa Zorayda Today Marker
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29° 53.503′ N, 81° 18.913′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker can be reached from King Street (Business U.S. 1) just east of Sevilla Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the sidewalk near the Villa Zorayda front entrance. 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. Villa Zorayda (here, next to 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.
 
Villa Zorayda Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
3. Villa Zorayda Entrance
Villa Zorayda Christmas Lighting image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 16, 2019
4. Villa Zorayda Christmas Lighting
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By Cosmos Mariner, December 17, 2019
5. Villa Zorayda Museum
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The Villa Zorayda was built in 1883 as the winter residence of Franklin Webster Smith, replicating architectural details of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. The Villa Zorayda set a precedence for architecture in St. Augustine and began the Moorish Spanish Revival style of architecture that is seen throughout the city today, as well as the concrete and coquina construction that was used throughout the city.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 25, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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