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the Slator House
Florida, St. Johns County, St. Augustine,
105 St. George street
(SEE ATI&CUED S1HETS)
The Sister House--1
Number of stories
Two plus attic.
Type wall construction
Coquina masonry exterior walls and wood frame interior
A city house which opens directly onto a narrow (3'-6")
sidewalk. There is no set back (other than the sidewalk) between
the house and the street. The house faces west into the street. There
are narrow (4.-0/5O.-O") alleys on the north and south sides. rhe house
opens in the rear (east) into a yard and -nrden.
Architectural interest and merit
The date of construction of this house has been set at 183t.
Its particular architectural interest lies in the fact that it Is a,
outstandinvi example of two story, relatively thin (lt-O") wall,
eoquins masonry construction of the period. Additiornl architectural
interest stems from the excellent craftsmanship and comparatively
unaltered condition evidenced in this structure.
Condition of fabric
The present condition of the house is .iood, ho-wever no nain-
tenanoe is being done and signs of disrepair are be~.rnninr to show.
This condition is evidenced b- the noor condition of the paint and an
occasional saggin board.
The Slater House--2
Ov^eall dimena tons
40'-3" x 27*-3" horizontally
21'-5* vertically from finish grade to leave
30'-4" vertically from finish grade to top of the ridge.
Exterior walls extend into the ground without modification.
Ne information available.
Coquina masonry coated with stuooo scored in a one by two
foot horizontal pattern, simulating running bond.
Pe.yhes, stoopa, bulkheads, eta.
There is a roofed cantilevered balcony on the west at the
seeend story level, There is a roofed porch on the east serving both
floors. Both are wood post and beam construction. Exterior stairs con-
nect the upper east porah to the rear yard,
There are two chimneys: one on the north exterior wall and
one on the south exterior wall, Each of these chimneys has two fire-
places, one on the ground level and one on the second floor level*
Both of these chimneys are coquina up to the ceiling in the second
floor. Above this level the chimneys are brick* Of particular inter-
est are the brick cornices and brick arch flue caps at the tops of
Se lati r SIS,...3
Opening doowaeys and doors window and iatt~eAr
The door and window frames are made from 4* x 4" timbers.,
ka. joints of those frames are mortise and tenon ad are pinned
together by wooden pegs. The trim and mouldings of these doors and
windows are conservative but deoorative. The frame of both are aet Into
bevels out Into the Jamb faoe of the ooquina. A good level of orafts-
manship and oonstruotlon tochnique.
The shutters on the windows are the two panel louvered type,
It is not known whether these shutters are original with the body of
SThe root i a single hip with the ridge running north to
south. ?here are no dormers. A plain wood Carnise runs under the
narrow eave for the entire perimeter of the house. Balcony and poroh
roofs are separate single slopes.
The ground floor plan consists of five rooms and a central
Stair hall whieh runs from east to west* The westernmost portion of
thia stair hall has been recently partitioned off to form one of the
five rooms. There ae two room on the south side of the stair hall
and another two on the north side* The northwest and southwest roows
eaeh have a fireplace,
The Slator House--4
The second story floor plan consists of four rooms and a
stair hall. There are two large rooms across the east end of the
house and two rooms across the west end of the house, with a stair
hall between the latter.
There is a door from the northwest room onto the oantilevered
There is a door from the rear (west) stair hall onto the
The northwest room has a fireplace on its north wall and
the southwest room has a fireplace on its south wall.
There are two stairways, one interior and one exterior.
The interior stairway is a single straight run from the central
ground floor stair hall to the second floor stair hall. The exterior
stairway connects the rear yard to the upper rear porch.
Pine boards, six and eight inches wide, are used throughout
Wall and ceiling finish
Plaster and wallpaper are used throughout.
Doorways and doors
There is a set of four panelled wood folding doors between
the northwest and the southwest rooms on the second floor. These
doors are each 1'-8 3/" wide by 8'-O" high and have six panels.
The remainder of the interior doors are also wood of vary.
ing sises and panel arrangements.
he Sla ter Houase-5
Similar to exterior trim previously described.
Interior lockets are original metal box-ease units bearing
the manufacturer's coin mark. Keepers are east iron. Exterior
hardware appears to consist of more modern replacements, except for
eye.bolt type shutter hinge pivots.
The lighting is nondescript in character and makes use of
conventional ceiling outlets.
eating (fireplacesa, stoves, central, etc.)
There is no central heating source.
Orientation (by compass reading) and general setting
The north wall faces 4 east of true north. The house is
set in the central portion on the city of St. Augustine. The street
(St. George Street) upon which the house faces is one of the main
sommersial and tourist streets of the city. The house is surrounded
by drug, furniture, clothing, and other commercial stores. The
property upon which the house is situated contains a lot (to the east)
with two houses on it. This lot and its houses were acquired subse-
quent to the building of the Slater house. The two houses on the
back lot are presently being used as residences, and share the rear
yard of the Slater house.
the Slater Housea-6
aelsaures (feneea et .)
The alley on the north aide of the house is separated from
the street by a 3-O0" high wood picket fence and gate. The alley on
the south side of the house is open to the street. The rear yard is
enclosed by the house proper on the east, the adjacent building on
the north and south and by the additional lot and houses on the west.
A high briok wall was built along the north property line,
at the end of the 19th century, to protect this building from a large
wood frame hotel erected immediately beyond.
None extant except as mentioned above.
Walks, driveways, etc.
Landasapings gardens, eto.
The rear yard of the house has not been maintained and signs
of neglect are evident. It appears from the existing walks and plant-
ing apaces that the garden was, at one time, an important part of the
house setting* The existing path in the rear yard runs east between
the two rear houses across the yard, curves to the north and finally
runs through the north alley and onto the street* An early well also
remains near the south edge of this yard*
Prepared by: William A. Stewart, Architect
31 August 1960