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Government House: National Significance

Casa Gubernamental: Significado Nacional

 
 
Government House: National Significance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
1. Government House: National Significance Marker
Inscription.
Government House: National Significance (English)
Government House is nationally significant as the first known Federal government restoration of a historic building to accommodate modern governmental functions. Today's Government House was restored and enlarged in 1935-1937 by the U.S. Treasury Department on the site where a succession of colonial seats of government once stood.

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The whitewashed coquina governor’s mansion with a crenellated tower was the colonial seat of government ca. 1713-1821.
View of the Governor’s House at St. Augustine, in E. Florida, Nov. 1764.
Anonymous painting published in Elizabeth K. Gordon, Florida’s Colonial Architectural Heritage, 2002, University Press of Florida.
Courtesy British Library


Casa Gubernamental: Significado Nacional (Spanish)
La Casa Gubernamental guarda un significado nacional. Es el primer edificio histórico restaurado por el gobierno federal que después se usó para fines gubernamentales en tiempos modernos. La Casa Gubernamental se encuentra en el sitio ocupado por una serie de edificios que albergaron la sede de varios gobiernos coloniales. La Casa fue restaurada y ampliada en 1935-1937 por el Departamento del Tesoro de los
Marker detail: East balcony and south gallery; photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston in 1936 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy St. Augustine Historical Society
2. Marker detail: East balcony and south gallery; photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston in 1936
The east balcony and south gallery of the “Post Office” (now "Government House"), reconstructed in the St. Augustine colonial style, were photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnston in 1936 for the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C.

El balcón este y la galería sur de la “Oficina de Correos” (hoy en día la “Casa Gubernamental”) fueron reconstruidos al estilo colonial de San Agustín y fotografiados por Frances Benjamin Johnston en 1936 para el Instituto Carnegie de Washington, D.C.
Estados Unidos.

La mansión del gobernador, con sus paredes de coquina blanqueadas y una torre almenada, fue la sede del gobierno colonia hacia 1713-1821.
 
Erected by University of Florida Historic St. Augustine, Inc.
 
Location. 29° 53.547′ N, 81° 18.783′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. Marker is on Cathedral Place. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum, in the small courtyard at the southeast corner of the Government House, near the building's east entrance. 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 walking distance of this marker. Government House and the Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Balcón de los Reyes (a few steps from this marker); Coquina in These Walls (within shouting distance of this marker); Government House: Legacy of Authority (within shouting distance of this marker); 8 inch Columbiad (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Young Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Plaza de la Constitución
Government House (<i>east side courtyard; marker visible right of entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
3. Government House (east side courtyard; marker visible right of entrance)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoners of War in St. Augustine During the American Revolution (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 Government House: National Significance. National Register of Historic Places (2013) #13000812
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Government House, St. Augustine, Florida
 
Also see . . .
1. National Register of Historic Places Nomination (2013) #13000812. In 1937, Government House was renovated by Jacksonville architect Mellen Clark Greeley as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The U.S. Postal Service continued to use the building until 1965, when a new post office building was constructed. (Submitted on December 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Government House. The last governor to use the house was Enrique White during the Second Spanish Period; he died in 1811. By the time Florida was annexed by the United
Government House: East balcony and south gallery (<i>as they appear today</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
4. Government House: East balcony and south gallery (as they appear today)
States in 1821, the building was in ruins with only the walls remaining. In 1833-34 Government House was rebuilt with federal funds, following plans drawn up by architect Robert Mills, later famous for designing the Washington Monument. The structure incorporated existing walls and contained 16 rooms, including space for a post office, a courtroom, and other federal functions. (Submitted on December 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Government House. In 1937, the Works Progress Administration remodeled the courthouse as "United States Post Office & Customs House." The 1935 architectural plans depict "old coquina stone walls" which may date to St. Augustine's first Spanish colonial period. Outlines of windows and exposed coquina limestone of those old walls are visible on today's north, east, and south facades. The new concrete-encased steel-frame wing flanked a walled courtyard on the east, a driveway to loading docks on the west. Offices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Extension Service and Postal Inspector lined a separate oak-floored hallway. In the old building, a marble-paneled corridor led into stately high-ceilinged offices of the Civil Service Commission, Public Health, and Customs, which opened onto a shaded gallery over the courtyard. (Submitted on December 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Government House Courtyard & Gallery (<i>marker visible on left; related marker on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
5. Government House Courtyard & Gallery (marker visible on left; related marker on right)
 
 
Categories. ArchitectureColonial Era
 
Government House Courtyard (<i>northeast corner view; marker visible below gallery</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
6. Government House Courtyard (northeast corner view; marker visible below gallery)
Government House Cornerstone (<i>for 1935 Renovation as a Works Progress Administration project</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 12, 2018
7. Government House Cornerstone (for 1935 Renovation as a Works Progress Administration project)
 
 
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