Thursday, November 3, 2016

November 04, 2016

Casa Monica

You’ll find many different architectural styles in St. Augustine, from the simple Timucua Indian and 16TH century Spanish reconstructions at the Fountain of Youth Park to the balconied colonial Spanish houses of St. George Street to grand Moorish Revival behemoths. Among the latter is the Casa Monica Hotel at Cordova and King Streets. Constructed in 1888, it is one of the prettiest “modern” buildings in St. Augustine. At the time of its grand opening it was known as the “Cordova Hotel.” Having spent some time as a bank, it was reopened as a hotel in 1999.

St. George Street

For this photo I stood inside the entrance to Colonial Quarter and looked across St. George Street. I’m not sure if this is a historic structure, but if not, it was designed like one. It’s currently the Luv Berry Café. Note the distinctive Spanish colonial architecture for which St. Augustine is famous. The color is historical . . . apparently there are quite a few buildings in the city which bear this “pink” hue. Very tropical, I’d say. I like the arbor overhead . . . helps to add a little pizzazz to the photo.

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