Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: MacMillan Block 36, Lot 3
Title: Lawson Old Houses Macmillen
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Title: Lawson Old Houses Macmillen
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: MacMillan Block 36, Lot 3
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
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Box: 7
Divider: Block 36
Folder: MacMillan B36-L3
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
224 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
MacMillan House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 224 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.891223 x -81.312681
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Bibliographic ID: UF00094862
Volume ID: VID00007
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: B36-L3

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Floor which wai, lar'g'. or iAh, t(.
S' allow four Kgooi-.ized stleping
S" rooms. Miss Anicy Macoilieii is
N \. .now consider .g, is toning the stairs
7,% I to their original position and mak-
ing harmor.izing alterations. In
'.th%. third story, the floor consists
of extremely wide boards, most of
l Is which, it is Faid, are so long they
o extend the entire length of the
. house, more than I0 feet, without
a break.
,, |Three tirepla, i-, one in the din-
ing room on the ground floor, and
two above in the orawifg room and
N ~an adjoining apartment, we-e toe
only means of hf ating and until
recent year- ro additional heating
Arrangement s were used. These
fireplaces havv that peculiar ca-
pacity for throxxing out warmth
That the old SSaanih fireplaces pro-
S1vid where ever they still remain
.. i.. in the city.
-- C o The Macrniilens had sent their
first winter here in the old house at
SNo. 56 Marine Street, which was
t o right in the then -ocia cnotre of
SiN s the city, the Barrack. and army of-
ficial life gathering wir.y visitors
into a group in that section.
W ,hen it was decided they would
make St. Auguti;ne their home,
much heirloom furniture from their
Rhode Island home wao shipped
down and found admirable setting
in the old \ euilar house. The girls
;of the fam'!ily b cmie l, aders in
the youigeer set. i onple >e who I
came to St. iAugustmne found a c. n-
genial atmosphere in the Maemillen
;.q There are a numbAar of museum
piece, in various room, The din-I
mug table is ore of I lhe nest double
etime thadl Aleetahr r n of hoe i bearrood4 judges declared
1 vturl of f reltn tautv in the Oldcs Cy to equal that in the Mursum in,
th4 balconies and arched loggias shown above. Ne York. There are desks, tables
ting dehteils of the structure. and lchirs to make a collector en-
-- ...... vious as the' n,,te various pieces.
vIn the fireplaces are snoerb and-
Ilen Horne Is One Of oi te:
iron-t and the drawing rcoo firei-
Cit. ;.place in addition has an arti etic
irThe old coquina well curb had
n wood frame above it from which
__ not mean he would give up the suspended the bucket that brought
Vates Back to First Occu hou n town. It w very com- up such fine water. Not a flavor of
,,e in townr sulphur, Miss Amey Macmillen
pation of Spanish portable. To be sure it may have s
suffered front various cannonad- says, as she recalls the water was
so cool always.
Here ings as 'th Macmillan family hve And after enttng the old house
dug out Iumbers of rashoth for mo that than 55 years it has at
L ihey found embedded in walls of
Whou Col, Andrew T Macmillen I what might have been a detached last become Macmillen property.
me from New England and nimov ed kitchen or sla-ve house. Also in the possibly the Macmiloens take thfor more
a family into the old Naples ye!- garden was dug up th.e brutal ironthan half a entry and h akif g al-ore
I ethe drawing room on the San Mros many years in or terations and repairs themst-elves. pondering how she can et some-
door was a picture in blue r The sisters, Miss Arnmev and Miss one who can reproduce tat exact
white. The white doors had The front entrance wao throu h Anne Macmillen maintain the same fascinating tint of Naples yellow
t blue panels. The walls were a door opening off St. George t. hospitable atmosphere that drew of the old house. For a long time
ribut t ceiling showed lo directly into the room used for a everyone of note to the old house a piece of the old yellow wall at the
t i soe formal dining room. Now this door when the Pon,'e de Leon and the rear of the house was kept. (Con-
In the gardens at the west of has been closed. The middle win- Alaznar were min the height of the sultation after consultation xas
house rows of the bitter sour dow on the east end of the house is Flagler fame. Whenever one of held with workmen, hoping to get
the true Seville orange, in place of the entrance door. In.- the old group visits St. Augustine. the exact tint. Once the hon q grot
ge, mediately after moving into
heavy with golden fruit and ly afr moving ito the 'a ret urn to the Macmillen house is Ia coat of red which wasn't at al! in
funds extended to Maria houst, Macmi'en decided to one of the pleasant features of the harmon:. Ho. was the ochre pre
Ceek, where the Macmil make the entrance through a gat- stay" pared, or blended, to give the house
iren coaxed many little fish way at uhe south of the hou-e nd Miss Amel' Macmillen is still such a lively personality ?
the shallow waters. oad nytes here the brick floor is the passage - -- -.
the shallow wates way to the door into the hall, from
thee house revealed many, fed-
twin l parking it as origin w~a i- hich the stairway lends to the
for persons of more than Iecond floor. Possibly at some lo g
forcial persitions of morthe firsthand distant time this was an open court
rag occupatlsion. The oiars or terrace room as traces of two
aid hgh occupation. The Agulars arches may be found noR on the
te hei faana eina on wall beside the stairs. The banister I
ehoe of coquiit a on this of this stair is a beautiful single
i flivi l Io piece of nimahogany rich toned with
title is conmflrmed to Don Juan age.
iguez who is supposed to have 1'nder the wood floors is the hard
tried Aguilar's daughter, ran- I packed rock floor that preceded
i wood in most houses. When an at-
Rodrigues dewribes himself I tempt was made to put electric wir-
'"having a sufficient number of ing into the house contractors were
es to dedicate himself to agri- unable to get through the huge
;Itre and the raising of horned wood beams over the doors. Finally I
[tle and also to aid in the main- they worked through the coquina. I
/anee of hi. large family." Also A small almost encuclar stairway
stated he was "one of the Span- leads from a small room on the
inhobitaint who have sacrificed second floor to the unfinished space,
selves in the service of said making a thud floor. Because of
ce during the turbulent times his lar ge family Colonel Macmillen
have taken place io it." had these inconvenient stairs taken
wves if Don Rodriguez was read. out and moved to another place to
create a cattle hacienda, it did provide better accces to the third!

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