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

Alcazar Hotel / City Hall

 
 
Alcazar Hotel / City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
1. Alcazar Hotel / City Hall Marker
Inscription. Built by Henry Flagler, the Alcázar Hotel opened as a companion to the Ponce de León in 1888. The building, one of the first multi-storied structures in the country constructed with poured concrete, was designed by John M. Carrere and Thomas Hastings who modeled its facade after a Moorish palace in southern Spain. The hotel remained closed from 1932 until publisher O.C. Lightner purchased the building from the Florida East Coast Hotel Company in 1947 and deeded it to the city for use as a museum for his extensive collection of Victorian memorabilia. In 1969, the voters of St. Augustine approved a bond issue to renovate the structure to house the museum and also municipal offices. After remodeling, the building was dedicated as St. Augustine City Hall on April 27, 1973. The Lightner Museum reopened to the public on August 12, 1974.
 
Erected by St. Johns County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 29° 53.522′ N, 81° 18.853′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and Cordova Street, on the right when traveling east on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Alcazar Hotel / City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
2. Alcazar Hotel / City Hall Marker
Marker just right of center along the sidewalk.
walking distance of this marker. The Alcazar Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Pedro Menéndez de Aviles (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry M. Flagler (within shouting distance of this marker); Ponce de Leon Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Tolomato Street (within shouting distance of this marker); William Wing Loring (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosario Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Alcazar (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Regarding Alcazar Hotel / City Hall. While the names Alcázar (palace) and Ponce de León have written accent marks, as they do in modern Spanish, the hotels when operating never used the accent in their signs, letterhead, or literature.
 
Also see . . .  Lightner Museum. (Submitted on September 10, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Alcazar Hotel, City Hall and Lightner Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
3. Alcazar Hotel, City Hall and Lightner Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on March 28, 2018, by Daniel Eisenberg of Boca Raton, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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