Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 24, Lot 1 Worth
Title: Old "General Worth "House Now Business Structure
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Title: Old "General Worth "House Now Business Structure Bay Street Building Dates Back to Second Spanish Occupation; Changed Hands Often
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 24, Lot 1 Worth
Physical Description: Clipping/photocopy
Language: English
Creator: Leonard, Jim
Publication Date: 1950
Physical Location:
Box: 7
Divider: Block 24 Lot 1
Folder: Worth B24-L1
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
General Worth House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine
Coordinates: 29.891277 x -81.310926
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Bibliographic ID: UF00094825
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: B24-L1

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At the time of the above pho- tne Elks Club and Is gaily deck-
tograph. the old Spanish house
uas the home of the St. Augus- ed out for the celebration of a

L-'nr. I,-', rr;- "1 et. .Al usu- t,.n H intorlical Src'riI.
national holiday. One of the earlier diay "as the separate
unique features or thi. home in cook house n the rear,


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The above, photograph. taken
during the past week. shows
that many changes have occur-

red to the exterior of the Gener- it meets pre-ent day require-
al Worth house. The interior ments. A portion of the down-
has also been modernized so that stairs houses a rs'.auilnt and-

-Photn by Andy Harrold
apartments have been made of
the other parts of the building.

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Old "General Worth" House

Now Business Structure

Day J11reI UUIIUIIIUy 0UIJ Ui I EU ttuu I (its strongly marked Spanish
Spanish Occupation; Changed Hands Often character. ,rom the colonad or
veranda running around it, you
tenter it at once without hall or
(Note: This is the eighth in a series of articles written around i vetbule into a large room about
old photographs showing St. Augustine in earlier dabs. Much of the Ieib int lrge room ab
data on the General Worth house was secured from material com- ity or sixty feet long, only br
piled bh Mrs. Alberta M. Johnson, librarian of the Florida Historical en by two Moorish archways, over-
Library. In addition to Mrs. Johnson, appreciation is also expressed which curtains can drop to form
to Mrs. A. J. Moulds, librarian of the St. Augustine Historical Li- the separate rooms.
brar}, for her help in gathering material.) "The archways meeting in the
center from the fire-place, back
By Jim Leonard and front, for each side of the
Although many of the old Spanish houses still standing room, whose capacious chimney,
in the city have been turned into tourist attractions and re-i where half a dozen persons might
stored to picture life as it was lived in St. Augustine in cen- ensconce themselves cozily, are or-
turies past, others are still utilized as contemporary business namented with massive brass dog-
structures. One such place is the house located on North irons, and in chilly weather a bril-
Marine Street and most commonly known as the General liant log fire completes the pie-
Worth house. ture.
The first deeds on the old build- four windows, thereby greatly There are eight doors to the
ing, filed during the Second Span- darkening the house and rendering roo, all partially glass, and asi
ish occupancy of the city, occuw in it uncomfortable, unwholesome and the family is large and entertain
1794, when Mliguel Ysnardy sold to unfit for habitation." Presiding all comers, the constant ngress
Antonio Matanza, a coquina house, Judge Joeeph L. Smith rendered and egress is almost le a pon-
two stories, on King's lot, Calle de a decision in favor of the plaintiff, tome, and render it one of tue
Marina, bounded north by Facio having referred to old Spanish most amusing and picturesque
(Fatio), south by his o\wn house laws governing window openings. room e ver visited."
(latter sold to Ferrer.), east by At about this same time Hester In 1904, Mrs. Worth transferred
said street, west by street to the Butler of Great Britain took pos- the title to P. F. Carcaba, and in
Cuban Ba racks. session of the house on jodgrment 1907 Barbara Caraba sold tlhe
In 1816, Benita de Pangua for of debt which Livingston con- building to the Elks Club.
Margarita Clark, widow of An- fessed. Prior to this, Livingston Accounts written at the time of
tonio Matanza. sold the house to had been operating a boarding the formal opening by the Elks
Antonio Giiajdo. house on the structure, tell of the commodious furnishings
The house figured in a court Records show that in 1846 E. B. of the reception and game rooms
battle in 123 when Jeremia Ides Gould acquired possession of the of the building. Convenient bells
of South Carolina sued William house. By 1S69, taxes had evident- were placed at frequent intervals
Livingston for one-half of the ly not been paid on the property in order that the members might
rent of the house from July, 1817 for some time as Ann Dougherty, summon waiters to satisfy their
until May, 1823. In his suit, Ive owner of Tax Certificate No. 2, wants with little personal effort.
claimed that he and Liingston in that year sold it to Ann Greeno A large two-storied addition was
had been joint owners of the who in turn sold it to Mary Dun- erected in the rear of the building
schooner, "Snowbird", which they ham. extending to Charlotte Street and
exchanged with Giraldo for the In 1871, Mary Dunham sold the In recent years the upper story
house. property to Margaret S. Worth, has been used as a recreation
At the time Liv;ngston had be- wife of the illustrious Mexican and room where dances and other en-
come a Spanish subject, hut Ives Seminole Wars general. In the tertainment have been held. The
%was an Americat, citizen a.d was same year, Mrs. Worth purchased original house has also been re-
not allowed to owin property under from William Lewton, through hi, modeled and for a number of
Spanish law. The deed was there- attorney George R. Fairbanks, the years a portion of the first floor
fore made out to Livingston and lot immediately south of the prop- has housed a restaurant. The re-
Ives was not mentioned, erty. The name of Worth has since mainder of the building has been
During the time of the pairs come to be the one most commonly tiade into apartments.
ownership, Livingston had rented associated with the ownership of -The building was invobled In a
the house for 22 months to a Cap- the property. o transaction in recent years when
tain Fleming. keeping all of the At the time the property was it was included in the sale of
rent money himlsel'. The rest of owned by Mrs. Worth an English property in the' area by Herbert
the time he had occupied the prem- visitor to St. Augustine, The Hon- Usina to George Potter. Since ac-
ises with his family, orable Mrs. Yelverton inee Misv quiring the property, Mr. Potter
The outcome of the case is not Maria Theresa Longworth) wrote hag done considerable renovating
stated but it is presumed that Ives in a small book about the city of and improving.
gained some satisfaction as Flor- a visit to the home which was Perhaps few tourists in St. Au-
ida had become United States ter- then occupied by Colonel and Mrs. gustine, as well as some residents,
ritory at the time of the auit. Sprague. Colonel Sprague was are aware of the antiquity of this
Livitigston figures in Inother military commander of the troops old house, but it also has a rich
court case in 1827 when a neigh- in the city at the time and Mrs. share in the past of the city just
bor. Antonio de Castro filed suit Sparague was the daughter of as do the more publicized build-
against him for injuriouslyy erect- General and Mrs. Worth. ings which serve as reminders of
ing a certain wall near to the Commenting on the house Mrs. former times in the oldest perma-
four windows of his dwelling Yelverton said, "The house itself nent European settlement in the
housed and excluded the light of the is a most interesting object, from United States.

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