Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12 – Lot 19
Title: Old Curiosity Shop Is One City's Landmarks
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 Material Information
Title: Old Curiosity Shop Is One City's Landmarks
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12 – Lot 19
Physical Description: Clipping
Language: English
Creator: Pitts, Margaret
Publication Date: 1959
Copyright Date: Public Domain
Physical Location:
Box: 4
Divider: Block 12 Lot 19
Folder: Parades B12-L19
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
54 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Parades-Dodge House
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 54 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896092 x -81.313202
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Bibliographic ID: UF00094126
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: B12-L19

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Old Curiosity R

Shop Is One Of Ai

City's Landmarks Fo
Alth ugh the house at 54 St. chai r
G enmg'e Street. known for ,ian,,y ing Bo
esars as Dodge's Old Curonsity oe- l i
tShe Spas n innrt wit until about one
1l0l3 by J uan Parade-.A the thick T
coquina walls and venerable ap- T.e
pearance make it appear plore nha
a ncielnt thl3n other_ of an earlier A
"ate. The construction date has a i Cot
been set bh:. records and research iderat
of the local Hoitorical Society. The
This house. and the next ho'uie hi'h
on the north side aie joined in has ann
such a manner as to indicate that g will
at one time the two forJmed a sin- 24, to c
gle residence. as one chtiney tin s f
serves the two fireplaces, and a nited I
coquina wall is situated in the pa- This
tio on what im now the dividing 7:30 o'c
line. hleuse a
\ hepn the Entlish evacuated attend.
St. Augustine in 1784, much of Th
their property reverted to the iwas a p
Spanish Crown. and was sold at e r cty Cpl
public auction by the Spanish of- bonA, a
ficials. Don Juan Sanchez pur- ing Con
chased thick property at wuch an f hi.
auction in 17i. and in 183 his rneetin
widow, Dona Maria Castenada i tiol to
Sanchez. sold it to Juan Parades
who had the house constructed Com'is
soon after, records indicate. and J. i
The Arnau family, who were -%%C. if
prominent in civic affairs during The
the I10)'s. acquired the house in the Air
120 and in 1900 James P. Dodge .. i~ e
became the owner, according to i econini
transfers. Dodge was a watch- in. the
maker and jeweler and conducted ing the-
a curio shop there for many .- ~... able
year-. or.e
interest to students of architec-
ture and historians. It is pointed The St. Augustine Historical Society plan to place a marker at Old Curiosit Shop n
out that there is no indication of on St. George Street in the near future, it was advised. The text reads: the Ai
a balcony having been construct- ",A SPANISH HOME" we un
ed on the house, as was custom-
ary on many of the old St. Au- "W'hen Spanish Rule returned to St. Augustine in 1783. this property. like many ing of
gustine houses. It was construct- others left by the English, reverted to the Spanish Crown, and was sold at public auction. is desi
ed flush with the street, as was It was purchased by Juan Sanchez and inherited by his widow, Mlaria Castendada. Later ultiiat
the Spanish manner, with low- owners included the Arnau family. The present coquina house was built about 1803 by nd t.
ceilinged rooms, Tapia floors and Juan Paredes. An original building preserve d by the St. Augustine Historical Society since Agust
massive coquina walls. I 934."-(Photo by Carver Harris. courtesy of the St. Atgustine Historical Society). zone1
Much restoration work, has "
been done to preserve the Span- copy
Ish home since it became the Zoning
"property of the St. Augustine Payments To Jobless Shows Jump In June proval.
Historical Society, which pur- Att
chased it in 198-. Payments in June to insured largest decreases were Jackson- and Ft. 'a!ton Beach. dow- mendat
The building is presently being Jobless workers took a seasonal ville, down $10.21P to $111.177: $3,126 to $16,517. Commi
need as a gift and souvenir shop. jump of $185,367 above May,. to-
taling $1,904,726, reports State
Industrial Commission Chairman
Francis Lewis James T. Vocelle.
Completes Course 'Vocelle noted that June pay-
ments were $883.373 less than in
In Electronics June last year. He commented
Airman second-class Francis A. that "our payments were high in

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