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

Villa Zorayda

Built 1883

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, October 31, 2017
1. Villa Zorayda Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Location. 29° 53.509′ N, 81° 18.912′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on King Street (Business U.S. 1) just east of Sevilla Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the short wall that surrounds the property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 83 King Street, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Villa Zorayda image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, October 31, 2017
2. Villa Zorayda
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of 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); Alcazar Hotel / City Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Don Pedro Menéndez de Aviles (about 300 feet away); The Alcazar Hotel (about 300 feet away); Hotel Alcazar (about 400 feet away); Anderson Cottage (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  Villa Zorayda. (Submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Categories. ArchitectureMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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