St. Augustine’s Varied and Amazing Architecture

I went into town at 7:30 to get some pictures before the crowds came. It was fun walking the streets while they were quiet. I’m not a city person, but I do like this one. There is such a variety of beautiful and sometimes amazing architecture.

From: we learn the types of architecture in St. Augustine.

Spanish Colonial, with their use of one-story homes and the use of courtyards.

Spanish Renaissance Revival used by Flagler to build the Ponce de Leon Hotel, Cathedral Basilica and Grace United Methodist. 

Ponce de Leon Hotel that became Flagler College

Moorish with horseshoe arches, ornamental vaulting and courtyards used to build Villa Zorayda and Warden Castle, now Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Villa Sorayda

Neoclassical with huge Greek or Roman style pillars, large balcony, wide entrances and geometric design used in many southern plantations. The Markland House, today belonging to Flagler College. 


Queen Anne Style featuring corner towers, oriel windows and asymmetrical facade. 

Second Renaissance Revival Style featuring big and imposing style, highly ornate, Baroque(highly decorative and theatrical) and flowery. Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Memorial Presbyterian Church

The Cracker House: a wood house with a wide wrap-around porch and large windows and a steeply pitched tin roof. I love these!

Cracker House

Vernacular: local tradition, using local resources or what was available like palms, timber, stone.

  3 comments for “St. Augustine’s Varied and Amazing Architecture

  1. Randy Rinehart
    February 26, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Greg, we have been to St. A. three times. I agree with all your comments, the pictures are beautiful as well. We have followed the story of Mr. Flagler’s all the way to the Keys. An amassing man! Thank you for your blog postings. R

    • February 27, 2021 at 9:21 am

      Thanks for the comment Randy. I would like to read a good book about Flagler.

  2. Karen
    February 26, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Looks beautiful and love all the architecture!!

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