'heu Rodrigues Bo(Use
Bforida, St. Johna~ county, St* Augustinec
52 at. eeor1e street
(~sE AT'IACHED SHEEfiTS)
rhe awarigausp nonse) **1
Ikuabr of stories
~gpe wail Qcn~tructtio4
Ground floor of 9seq~uine masonryUP second rand third stories of
A oift house which faces east, directly on the street. There
is no sidewalk or set bacok* There, is a three feet walkway and an adjacent
strvueburer on the north, and an integral structure on the south. The
house opens to the rear (west) into a patio garden. At present the h~ouse
is being used as a museum of boys.
Architectural interest and merit
The house is of architeetueal interest in ~that it shows coquins
assonry as used in the Spanish colonial period in St. Augustine. PFuther
arohitcturral interest lies in the early 19th centuryr framing and de-
bailing of the wooden upper portion of the house.
Pondition of fabric
The house and grounds ha~ve been partially restored and re-
maodeled (19St8) and are being kept in excellent; repair.
TZhe Rodrigues H~ouse-*2
DETAILED DlESCRIP TIONI--BXITBROR
33'-0" x 28,*0"
F~rinih grade to eave height is 19'-f;"
Finish grade to ridge height is 301..On
U~nknown--assumed :to be oyster shell rubble and coquins,
@41 cons tructios
CoquinaP masonry and wood frame.
borehers, abooper bulkheads ay tc.
A second story POrohZ (sore68sa.the webst end of the house) is
framed in wood post and beam constmruction.
There are three existing coquins chimneysa. Two of these
shtemneysa are located in the interior of the house. Theo third chimney la
located on the south exterior wall.
The nosaizrthernmost interior shimaney rises from the ground floor
level and admnits fireplace openings on its east and west faces- on both
the first and second floors.
The southernmost interior chimney rests upon a 7A x 7n wood
''T* frae~. which rise from the first floor level to a point 6'-;10"
abQove this level. This chimney admits fireplaces on its east and week
fecesr at the second floor level.
The RodrierePi Rousrs-~~
The chimany which ise located on the south exterior wall is
ghered with theb 6adjacent building. This chirnney admits fireplacoes on
its south face from the adjacent building and on its north face from
the Rodrigues house itself. Botth these fireplaces are on' the ground
Openings doorway_ njd ~dlooraj windova and abutters
There are three exrterior doors on the east (artreet) facade.
Photograrphio evidence shows that thes cent~er entrance is the oldest of the
three but it is not in use at present. The date of coanstruction of the
remaining ebntranoes is aobscure.
Tlhe southernmost door la at present the publio's entrance
to the building.
On the weat there are two entrances. The first of these
goes from the rear garden into the house proper and is at the ground
level. The sooond entranere on the weat is at the second story level.
it enters from a poroh into the house proper.
azere are no entrances on either the north or south walls of
Ehe windova in the building are wood, double hung, rad are
pin fastened rather than sash weight operated. The windows appear to
be of the same date as the wood framing. There are wood, adjustable
loutrrP shutters on the east second story windows, on the center door
on the east facade and on the north end of the reer porob., All of
the2 e hutters were added in the 19S8 restoration program but are simi.
1stt~o those used to St. Augustine from the early 1800's.
Ilhe RodrigEues fgouse--4)
The root is- a single gable with the ridge north-aou b. There
to a dormer centrally located on the west aide of the roof. There is an
additional shed roof over the rear porch.
The east surface of the roof gable is covered with asbestos
shingles while the west side, the dormer, and the porch roof are, covered
with late surfaced asphalt; impregnaPtced paper.a
There are simple, undecoarated, wood cornitces ubder the easBt,
and weat eaves which oarry around the north and south wa~lla as a short
DETAIfLED DES~CRIP ETOr--INTEfRIO
Ploor Pplans (b3y floor)
Both the ground and second story plans may be visualised
~roughly as squarres which are divided in the center by an eastC-west hall.
Zhere are two room on each side~ of these central halls. Thzus each
floor has fouFr roans and a central hall. On the ground floor a portion
of trhe soruth-east room: has been dividedi off to form public wasth rooms.
WEhis south-wecst rooma is the only room iln theo house whzich does not hav~re
aifireplae in it.
The second story central hall contains a stairway which goes
to the third (attie) floor. This third floor (not recorded by~ HASS)
crontains three rooms and a bath and ise currently being used as living
qluarters by the museum curator.,
Whol Ro3driQuaes Holuarse-r
There eae two stairways. The first is of recent. (195r8) agpn
struction san connects the rear (west;) garden be the, second story poreh.r
She second stairway, which dates with the original framing, coannects
he sc~ond% floor hall to the attic.
The~ flooring throughout the building is et variousu' widths and
lengths of pine and, excest~ing replaced boards, probably datesP with the
wood frame portion of the building;. TPhere is ant existing tabhy floor,
of untknotwn dates under the ground floor wood flooring.
3f11 a~nd ei~ling Sf~inih
;A portion of the walls of the southwest room on the ground
floor were finished with vertical. tongue and groove boards in1 the 1998
remodeling, The south wall of the southeast room is expsoed coquineb
bloork. The wall and ceiling~ finish throughout the rebst of the building
is line plasterr over wood lath.
D~oorwas and doors
Thle second floor rear door is a simple door of: vertical boards.
'Pkisr is the only door in the building that is thought to be of any hio*
broria interest. Tehe remaining interior and exterior doors are recent;
The door trim consist~s of srimple flat boards whichl are of
doubtful date. Simaulated hownm members are now used extensitvely as
false beams and pi~lastes.s
rlhe Rodrisnes Hfouse**$
There is no signlitiant hardware on the present building.
TPhe entire electrical system of the hoese was replaced in
19~58. The new system is the metal conduit type using conventional well
avitches and outlet~s.
There is no centrsl heating system. Where required heat is
furnished by gas theaters in central wa~ll on eac~h floor.
Orienta~tion (by~,; canpass reading) aind general setting
The north wall faces 90 vest of manegrtto north. The house
.is situated on a oity lot wida the east facade of the house being
directly on the street line. Taere is no sidewalk or set back of any
kind. ThI~e north wa~ll is part of a former court wall for the Arrivas
house and the south us11 is a party vall being shared by botha the
Avere house and the Dodge house next to it. The west facade of the
house opens onto a rear patio-garden.
EsileauPres (fe~nces sto.)
The rear garden is eno~losed by at coquina wall and the adjacent
building on the north, a wooden board fence (5'-0" high) on the west
and by a coquina bleoo wall on the south. All of these wallls sit
tirectly on the property lines,
91he Rodriguesr Hounse-*?
~Walkag drivewa9_8s t *
antryeoaping, gardenst **
The rear garden area has been pvaved withi reolaimeid brick., There
aore plaintings along the north) west and south erdges 'of this rear area.
'1hesec plantings extend the length of the garden walls and project out an.
avesrage of 3'.On fran the garden valls. There are two additional decorle
thre plantings: ~(1) at the base of the rear setairarl and (2), at~threwest
and of the Earden area in a six fToot stroular planter.
There are two gates in the garden wall. One Sate, in the
no~tih wall, leads to a narrow alley, through a wrought iron gate, and
~thttttttttttttttttleno to the east street, tShe Isecond gate in the garden area isbthruougCh
the board Fencre as the west and leads into a rear easement.
Prepared by: William A. Stewart, Archi~tect
31 August 1960
AVAILABLE ARCHITECTURAL DIATA
Rodrigues (AVero) Rouse
1. HA~BS drawings
2. Rough tracings for ab~ove-
3. HIABS field notes
. HABS photographa
5. Commission photographs
Florida, St. JohnsJ Countyt St. Augu;Lstine,
52 st. ~osome~ street
She Rodrigueb Houase
(SEE ATTACHIED SHX'EEI~tS)
The Rodrig~O *SUO Rose.1
Bhmber~ of abote~~2sb
tgype wall construc tionr
G~ro~und floor of ooquina rmrasnry, srcoond and third stories ofd
A oity house which faee seasrt, ireetl;y on Uth street, There.
is no, sidewalk or set back There is ar bhee foot walkway and1 an adjpased
str~ucture on the north, and an Itntegral aroo~rurefu on the south. TPhe
house opens to t~he rear (weat) into a pajtio~garden. At present the, hease
is being used as a mouseumr of toys.
Architect~ural interest: and mesrit
thea house is olF architee~t~u~r interest in that it showa coqu~ine
mo~asonry as used in the~ Spanishr colonial period in St. AaCugutine. ~Furher
architectural intereat lies in the early 1t~h century framing and do,
tailing: of the wooden upper portion of the house.a,
Condition of fabrio
The house and grounds have been partially restored and rep-
mo~dealedi (1958) and are being kept in excellent repair.
The Rodritues Hous...a
DETiaI 3LED DESORI TI:ON--IEXT'EiR IOR
33r-ont x 28r-On
Finish grade to eaveo height is 19'-E;"
Finish grade to ridge height is 30'*0'"
Unknoun--aeasumed to be oyster shell rubble and coquina.
IWall cons tnrct~ion
Coquiina masonr~y and wood frame.
rrpokrshes, stoopay bu~lkhea~ds, etc.
A second story porah (aorosa the west end of the house) is
framerrd in wood post and beam cronstruction.
'Ihere are three existing coquirna chimnerrys. Twjo of thease
ohimnoeyrs are located in the interior of the houlrse .The third chinne'g is
looate~d on the south exterior wall.
Thea northernmost interior shimnley risEs Efr+om the ground floor
level and admits fe~irepla ~c pnings~j on its east and west ;faces o~n both
the f~irst and second floors.
The southernmost interior chimney rests upon a 7n x 7" wood
agel frame which rises from the First floor level to a point 6r'-10"
sbove this level. Thir crhimneiy.admrits firelplacesh on its east and west
faes at the second floor level.
The chimney which is located on the south exterior wall is
shared with the adjacent building* This chln~ney admtits firpla4048 on
its south face~ from the ardjacent building and on its north foace jforo
the Rodrignes house itself. Both these firepllacs are on th* IMoUnd
Openings doorwags and doolrs) windows and abatt;e~rs
There are three exterior doors on the ea~st (atree~t) facade,
Photographis evidence shows that the senter entrance is the oldest of the
three but It is not in use at present. Shedarte of coa~bnstrucion of the
remaining entranoes is obsoureo
The southernmost door is at present the public's entrance
to the, building.
On the west there are two e~ntrances. The first of these
goes from the roar garden into the house proper and is at the ground
level. The second entrance on the west is at the second abory levebl.
it enters from a porth into the house proper.
There are no entrances on either the north or south walls of
hE~ windows in the building are wood, double hung, and are
pin fastened rather than eash weight operated. The windows appear to
be ofl the same date as the wood framing. There are wood, adjustiable
lonver shutters on the east second story windows, on the center door
on the east faeado and on the north end of the rear poreh. All of
these shutters were added in the 1958 restoration program but are simi-
lar to those used ia St. Augustine from the early 1800's.
The Rodrigues Hbouse--l)
The roof is a single gable with the ridge north-south. There
is a dormer centrally located on the west side of the roof. There is an
Additional, shed roof over the rear ~poreh.
The e~at surface of the roof gable is covered with asbestos
shingles while the west side, the dormer, and the poroh roof are covered
with elate surfaced asphalt impregnated paper.
There are simple, undecorated, wood eaornices ubder the east
and west eaves which earry around the north and south walls as a short
DTA3TILED D>ESCRIP TTONJ-,INT~RIOR
Ploor plants Cby floor)_
Both the ground and second story plans may be visualized
roughly as squares which a-re divided in the center by an east-west hall.
There are two room on each side of these central ha~lls. Thus each
floor has four rooms and a central harll On the ground floor a portion
of the south-east room has been divided off to form publio wash room.
~tis south-west room is the only room in the house which does not have
a fireplae in it.
The second story c~entrarl hall contains a stairwary which goes
to the third (attic) floor. This third floor (not recaorded by HABS)
eantaeins three rooms and a bath and is currently being used as living
quarters by the museum ouratorz
WPho Rodriguesr Housec*$
There are twoe scrtairwys The first is' of recent (1968) con.~
atruction and conneote the rear (west) garden to the second story poreh.
'Ihe second stairway, whbich dates with the original framing, connects :
tBhe second floor hall to the at~tic.
Thae flooring throughout the building is of various widths and
lengths of pine cad, nerepting replaced boards, probably dates with the
wood~B frame portion of the building. There is ri ecxisting tabby floor,
of knknown date, under the ground floor wood flooring.
lgi21 and ceiling finish
H portion of the walls of the southwest rooms on the ground
floor were finished with vertical tongue and groove boarrds in tae 1998
remodeling. The south wall of the southeast room is exposed sequina
blook. Th wall ean ceilings finish throughout the rest of the building
is lime plaster over wood lath.
~oovrwys and doorla
he~ pseondx floor year door is, a siap~le door of vertical boards.
This is the only door in the building that is thought to be of any his-
bette interest. The remaining~ interior and exterior doors are recent
The door trim consists of simple flat -boards which are of
doubtful date. Simulated hewn members are now used extensively as
false beams and p1Lharstews.
The Rodrigpues Hlouse**&
There is no significant hardware on the present building.
The entire electrical systaan of the. house was replaced in
1958, The new system is the metal conduit type using conventional wall
awitches and outlets.
There is no central heating esyebes Where. reQuired heat is.
furnished by gas heaters in central wall on each floor.~
Orientation (by carnpass reading) arnd generall setting
The .north wall faces 90 seat of mfagnetto north. The house
is situated on a city lot with the east faoade% of the house being
directly on the street line. There is no sidewarlk or set back.of any
kind. The north wall is part of a former court wall for the Arrivas
house and the. south wall is a party wall being shared by both tlne
Avtero house and the Dodge house next to it. The west facade of the
house opens onto a rear patio-garden.
~rspelaures (fenrces et~c.)
The rear garden 1La enclosed by a coqiuine well and the adjacent
building on the north, a wooden board fence (5'-0" high) on the west
rad by a coquina block wall on the south. All of these walls s1it
directly on the property lines.
gU tbu ildi nge
The Rodriguez H~ouase**
Walks, driveways, ete.
piandsaoping, gasrdene t etc
The rear garden area has been paved with reclaimed brick., There
are plantings salng the north, west and south edges of tazis rear area.
These plantings extend the length of the garden walls and project out an
average of 3'-0" from the garden walls. There are ~two additional decora.I
thve plantings: (1) at the base of the rear sakiral and (2) at thie west
end of the garden area in a srix foot shoaular planter.
There are two gates in the garden wall. One gaites in the
north wall, ~leada to a narrow alley, through a wrought iron gate, and
thbenoce to the east street. The second gate in the garden raea is through
the board fence on the wJest and leads into a rear easement.
Prepared by: William A. Stewart, Architect
31 August 1960
'wh Rodrigues Hous~e
Florida, St. Johna County, St. Augustine
$2 St. George Streetf
(SEE1t ATTACrHED SHEFTPS)
She Rodrignep Ronse --3
phamber of abories
gy~pe well co~n~truction
Ground floor of coquiner masonrf,- second and third strories of
A ority house which fooes seast, directly$ on the street. There
is no sidewarlk or set back. There is ae three foot walkway and an adjacent
sitmruture on the north, and an integral struebure on the aonth. The
house opens to the rear (west) into a patio-garden. At present the houser
is being used as a museum of boys.
Areh~teca~turail interest and merit
The house is of architectural interest io that it show sequins
asrsonr~y as used in the Spanish colonial period in St. Au~gurstine., F~urt~her
architectural interest lies to the early 19th century Framing and de-
bailing of the wooden upper portion ofr tha house.
genition of Fabrig
The house and grounds have been,partially restored and re-
mosdeled (1958) and are being kep~t in excellent repair.
W~ho RodigPiues H~ouse**&
DE'AICL~ED DE~SCRIP ION--E'BITBRIOR
33'-On e 28r*0"
Finish gra~de to eave height is 19**$*r
FinisBh igrade to ridge height is 301-O"
Unknom~-ssun*asumd to be oyster shbell adbble and sequins.
Coqyuina masoney and wood frame.
forehe~s, toops, bulkheday etc.
A secsond story porch (eorces the west end of the house). is
ftramed in wood post and beamI sonstnruction.
Theret area three e~xisting serquin chitnerys. Two of t~hese
sh~laneysa are located in the interior of the house. The tbird oh~rmney in
Zeeated ons the south exterior wall.
The northernmeatarr interior chimnegy risesl from the ground floor
level and Qadmit fireplace openings an itsP eastf and west faces8 on both
the rfrst and second floor*
The soulthernmos~t interior shimpney resbts upon a 7" x 7" wood
*7" frame which risses rom the first fi~loor level to a point 611*10#
above t~his level, Tfhise obimney admits fireplaeas on its, east and westC
fare s a the rsecondr floor level.
Tthe Rodwignowl nourse--g
The chimaney which is locaede; on the south exterior warll is
shared with t~he adjacent bsuildintg. This crhkrnny srntadmits fieplaces on
its south faco from the atdjacent building and as Sta north facea faro
the Rodrigues house itself.~ Both thease fiegareplao* are on the ground
Openigsp doorways and doorag wi Undows and sh~utt~erp
There are three exterior doors on the easLt streett) fancade.
PhotocPgrapFhio evidence showsr ~that the center entreance is the ol~e~st; ofP the
three but it is no-t in ruse at presrent., Th2e date of construction ofi the
remaining entrancers is absourse
The soauther~nnost door is at present the puxbliote entrance
to the building.eZ
On the weat there are two entranes. Sun first of these
gioeas from. the Tear garden into the house propeir and isr at. the grlounld
leve. TFhe second entrance on the wset is at the second story level.
It entes faromr a porch Pnto the house Iroper.
There are no entCralnces on eitherP the north or south walls of
The wind~ovet in the buildin5F are wood, double hung, and are
p~in fa~stened rather than eash~ weight opnera~ted. The windova appear to
be of the samei date as the wood framing. There area wood, adjustable
lo~uera shutters on the east second story windoway on the center door
on the easrt feaiae and on the north end of the rear porob. Altl of
hthes shutters were added in the 19rj8 resrtoratilon program but are ~imBi.
189 to those used In Sjt. AugusltinJ frrom the early 1800's.
T~he Rodrigues House--i#i
Ithe root is a single gable with the ridge northS-south. ahunr
is a dormer centrally leeated on the west side of the roof. There is An
additional shed roof over the rear porch.
The east surfrace of the roof gable is coovelrd withL asbestos
ehingles while tthe Hest aide, ~the dormer, and the porch roof are covered
with late surfaced saphalt impregnated paper.
Th~eres are simple, undeoarated, wood cronioea uhder t~he east
and west eaves whichb carry around the north and south walls as a short
DETAILED? DESCRIP TION-I-INTE~RIOR
Psloor, plan (~bg floor)
B~oth th* Eround and second srtory pl~an may be visualesed
roughly as aquares which are divided in the center by an east-west hall.
There re-r two. rooms on each side of these central halls. Thus each
floor has four rooms and a central hall. On the ground floor a portion
oft the s)outh-east room has been divided off to form public wash roobms.
thris sou~th-lest room is the only room in the house which does not have
a firenpiae ln it.
'Ihe second story central hall, contains a stairway which goecs
to the third (attic) floor. This third floor (not recorded by ELABS)
9ent~ains three rooms and a bath and is currenttly being used at living
quaerbs rby the museum curator.
The Rodrignesrr Ijoses--$
TPhehre are two stairwalys. The ~e frst so Pfof ent (1958) con-
abtraction and connects tho rear (weat) garden to the aseand rtor~y poreh.
Sh second stairway, whioh date with the original tretmingr conneats
fibe second floor hall to the attic.
She flooring throughout the building is of varioutas widths and
;Lengths oft pine, and, excepting rep;lace boards, probably diates with, the
wood framer portion of the building. Thebre isr an ex~isting tabby floor,
of unktnowai date, under the ground floor wood flooring.
Makl gi an_oeiing fi~nisrh
A portion of the walls of the soutfhWesit room0 on the ground
floor Were fPinithed with vertical tongue and groove boards in the 1958
niemodeling. Th~e southr us11 of the sentheast room is exposed coquina
blook. Thes wall and sailing finish throughout the rest; of the building
to 14ae p~lasterr over wood lath.
Deerwsys aend doors
'khe **** floor rear toor is a simtple door of vertioal boards.
Jis is the only door in the building that is thought to be of any hi9*
teate inteQreat. Thes remailning interior and exbe~rior doors are dee~nt
Sheb door kin cronsists of simple flat boards which are of
doubtful date. ~i~mulated hown moembersr are now ueed exstensively as
false bems~ and pi~la~sters
Slhe Roblisues oause~-*$
There is no signitisant hardware on the pslreset building.
The ebntire, eleetrical systemr of the house was replaced in
1958. The new systema is the metal conduit type, using coatrnventon na wl .
suitehes and outle~ts.
There is no central heating eystem. where required heat isr
furnished by gasr heaters in central wall on. each floor.
Prientation _(by oarnpaea reading) _and general setting
The )orit~h wall faces 9o west of mPagnetic norFth. The hrouse
Lar actuated on A city lot w~ith~ the eas1t~ facade of the house being
directly on the street line. There is no sidewalk r seL1ti back of any
kindr The ~north wall is part of a ftormer court wall for the Arrive~s
house and the south wall is a party wall being shared by both ethe
Avreo houseC and the Dodge house next to it. The weat facadce ofe the
house ospens onto a rear patto-garden.
l(6asleaures _(fences te
The rear garden la encloased by a ooquinar well and the adjacent
building on t~he north, a wooden board fence (5'-0" high) on the weat
sgatby a ooquina blook wall on the, south. All of these walls sit
theaetly on the property lries.
The Rodrigues Hourse**?
Wakagrr drivewra, agte.
LA1~d~1capingr ~grde~ns, etc.
The rear garden area has been pavBed with Peelaimued brick. There
eae plantingsr along the north, wesrt and south edges of this rear area.
Thbese plantings extend the length of the garden walls and project; out an
avrrrages of 3.'-0" fran the garden valls. There are two additional decrorra
thre plantingst (1) at the basrre of the rear sta~irs; and (2) at the weat
end of the garden area in a srix foot citoular planter.
There, are two gates in the gardlen wall. One gP~at, in the
north wall, leads to a narrow alley, through a wrought iron gates and
thene to the east street. The aecond gate in the garden area is through
the board fence on the west and leader into a rear easement.
Prepared by: Villiam A. Stewart, Archlitect
31 August 1960
ST. AUGUSTINE HISTORICAL RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION
L6 St. George St.u
HISTORIC AMERICAN BUILDINGS SURVEY
OWNER'S APPROVAL TO MEASURE AND PHOTOGRAPH
The St. Augustine Historical Restoration and Preservation
Conruission under the Historic American Buildings Survey is hereby
granted permission to make certain measurements and photographs of
the structure or structures located at 52 St. George Street.
St. Au~gustine, Florida
My approval is given with full knowledge that these
measured drawings and photographs shall be on deposit with the
Library of Congress, for reference, research and 'publication by
historians, architects and the general public, subject to
application regulations of the Library.
AVAILABLE ARCHITE~CTURAL DATA
Rodriguez (Avero) House
1. HABS drawings
2. Rough trac ings for above
3. HABS field notes
. HABS photographs