Villa Zorayda Historical

Villa Zorayda Historical (HM1XUL)

Location: St. Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 53.504', W 81° 18.916'

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(Zorayda Castle)

The Villa Zorayda was constructed in 1883 as the winter home of Franklin Smith, a Boston millionaire who was so impressed by the magnificence of the Alhambra Palace which he saw during a visit to Granada, Spain, that he decided to build his house as an exact replica of one wing of the palace at one-tenth of the original size. The 12th century palace had been built by the Moors who ruled Spain for six centuries before being expelled in 1492. Smith, a gifted amateur architect, designed the house himself, using the innovative technique of constructing the building with poured concrete reinforced with crushed coquina stone. Many other materials used in finishing the residence were imported from Spain. In 1913, the building was bought by Abraham S. Mussallem. In 1922, it became a nightclub and gambling casino which closed in 1925 when Florida outlawed gambling. In 1936, it was opened as a tourist attraction called the Zorayda Castle, exhibiting items fitting the architectural theme of the building. The property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993
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Year Placed1997
Placed ByZorayda Castle and Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469560 N 3306830
Decimal Degrees29.89173333, -81.31526667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 53.504', W 81° 18.916'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 53' 30.24" N, 81° 18' 54.96" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)904
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 87 King St, St. Augustine FL 32084, US
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