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.At.the.time of the above pho- tine Elks Club and Is gally deck- n One of the earlier days was the separate
tograph,,-the old Spanish house national holiday. One of the earlier days was the prat
.was.the home-of the St. Augus- ed out for the celebration of a unique features or this home in cook house in the rear.
'OLD HOUSE HAS BEEN ADAPTED THROUGH THE YEARS TO MEET TODAY'S NEEDS
The above, photograph, taken red to the exterior of the Gener- it meets present day require-
during the past week, shows al Worth house. The interior ments. A portion of the down-
that many changes have occur- has also been modernized so that stairs houses a res -'udt and
-hot by Andy Harr'
apartment as have been made
the other parts of the building
piled by Mrs. Alberta Ml. Johnson, librarian ol tne r loria Historicali .
Library. In addition to Mrs. Johnson. appreciation is also expressed Iwhich curtains can drop to form
to Mrs. A. J. Moulds, librarian of the St. Augustine Historical Li- the separate rooms.
brary, for her help in gathering material) "The archways meeting in the
Jim Leonard center from the fire-place, back
By Jim Leonard and front, for each side of the
Although many of the old Spanish housesstill standing room, whose capacious chimney,
in the city have been turned into tourist attractions and re- where half a dozen persons might
stored to picture life as it was lived in St. Augustine in cen- ensconce themselves cozily; ar .or.
tries past, others are still utilized as contemporary business namented with massive brissa dog-
structures. One such place is the house located on North ironsa,and in chilly weather bril-
Marine Street and most commonly known as the General liant log fire completes the pic-
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 room, all partially glass, and as
ish occupancy of the city, occur in it uncomfortable, unwholesome and the family is large and entertain
1799, when Miguel Ysnardy sold to unfit for habitation." Presiding all, comers, the constant. ingress
Antonio Matanza, a coquina house, Judge Joeeph L. Smith rendered and-egress irs almost like- a pon-
two stories, on King's lot, Calle de a decision in favor of the plaintiff, tomine, and render' it one of the
Marina, hounded north by Ficio having referred to old Spanish most amusing and picturesque
(Fatio), south by his own house laws governing window openings. rooms I have ever 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 po- the title to P. F. Carcaba, and in
Cuban Barracks. session of the house on.judgment. 1907 Barbara Caraba sold Ohe
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 t0h formal opening, by the Elks
Antonio Giraldo. 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 1823 when Jeremiah Ives Gould acquired, possession of the f .the building. Convenient bels
of' South Carolina sued William house. By. 1869, taxes had evident- were-placed att frequent..intervals
Ltingston 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 sometimee ..AnnDugherty, summon waiters to satisfy their
until May, 1828. In his suit,-Ivas owner of Tax Certificati. No. 2, want with little personal effort.
claimed that he and Livingiton in that year sold it to Atnn Greene A large two-storied ad;t-ion was
had been joint owners of the who in turn sold it to MaryT'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 n recent "years the upper story
house. 'property to Margaret S. Worth, has been used as. recreation.
At the time Livingston had be- wife of the illustrious Mexican and foomn where dances'and. other ent
come a Spanish .subject, but Ives Seminole Wars .general. In.. the tetainment hve'. .been .held. 'The
aas an American citizen and was same year, Mrs. Worth-purchased original house has also been. re-
not allowed to own property under from William Lewton, through his modeled and for a' number "bf
Spanish law. The deed was there- attorney George R. Fairbanks, the Years$ a portion 'the.first..flOor
fore made out to- Livingston and lot immediately south of the. prop- his. housed a "restaurant, The'te-
Ives was not mentioned. erty. The name of Worth has since" mainder of the building- haslsbeen
During the time of the pairs cometo be thi one most commonly nade into apartments..
ownership, Livingston had rented associated with, the ownership of vThe building i ~iwa votioad ti a
the house for 22 months to a Cap- theiproperty. transactionn:in. recent;years..when
tain Fleming, keeping all of the At'the..time the property wi t i-.was included'.in. the. sasle*s .
rent money himself. The rest of owned by-Ms.: Worth an English property in the'area by Herbert
the time he had occupied the prem- visitor toSt. Angustine,:.The Hen- U to George Potter. Since :&e.
Ises with his family. '.'., oiable: M~i; Yelvertoni (-n= .Mss quii the property- Mir. Pofter'
The outcome of the case Is not Maria Theresa Longworth) wrote hkae. done considerabli~ienovating
stated but it is presumed that Ives in a small book about the eity f l ait provi. ''
gained some satisfaction as Flor- a visit..to the home which waP 'Prhapt fewitourists in St. An-
ida had become United States ter- their occupied by Colonel and Mir. guisln, as well as pome residents,
ritory at the time of the suit. Spragtiu Colonel Sprague' was are aware of the antiquity of this
Livingston figures in anotherr military commander of the troops oldI-ouse,. but it alabshas-.a rich.
court case in 1827 when.a neigh- in the city at.the, tlme and Mrs. share '.i the': patof' elty. Jt'
bor, Antonio de Castro filed suit Sparage was. the daughter ;of as doe.t morale .-bliczed hl.- i
against him for injuriouslyy erect- General and-Mrs..Wtt~ks. < .' ts'whli seve ;S eia o
oig a certain wall near to the Commenting on the .houst'Mre. former timesiin thUieldi~st .rla-
four, windows of his dwelling Yelverton said, "The house 'itself nent;Eurdpean settlement it
house and excluded the light of the is a most interesting object,;.ropl United Stat.es.: ? ..