Built 1883Bostonian 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.
|Placed By||City of St. Augustine|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 10:04am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 469566 N 3306839|
|Decimal Degrees||29.89181667, -81.31520000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 29° 53.509', W 81° 18.912'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||29° 53' 30.54" N, 81° 18' 54.72" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 87 King St, St. Augustine FL 32084, US|
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