Horruytiner House Description
The house is a 2 1/2 story rectangular masonery structure with a one
story ell, and other wooden additions. The walls are squared coquina
blocks laid in roughly horizontal courses, plastered inside and out. There
is evidence of exterior scoring to simulate ashlar. The south wall, a
loggia has a recent coat of shell-cement stucco. The parapets and corbie
step gables are plastered brick. The wood additions are stud walls with
common sidling. There are two narrow wood covered balconies on the south
and east supported by 19th century brackets. There are two chimneys of
coquina and brick with a.total of four fire places. The door ways are of
various types. None seem to be original except for the narrow arch headed
French doors which open onto the balcony, these maybe early 19th century.
The window are mostly 24 light double hung with some four light replac-
ments. Three small double hung windows have stained glass and simple
geometric patterns in wood muntins. There are no existing shutters on the
building. The roof is gabled with parapets on the south and east, covered
with hexagonal asphalt cement shingles over wood sheathing. There are
simple eaves with exposed rafters on the west, parapets on the south and
east; there is no parapet on the north gable. There are five dormers,
those on the east side have corbie step gables.
The ground floor plan consists of a vestibule, stair hall, drawing
room,dining room and loggia. The kitchen, utility,room, ect, is in the
wooden ell in the rear. The second floor is composed of four rooms, a
stair hall, and a both. Therthird or half floor also has four rooms, a
stair hall and a bath. There are two stair ways. The main stair way is
of wood with a double flight and landing and has a mahogony rail and turn
newels. There is an exterior stair from the loggia to the second floor,
this is masonery with wood covered treads and risers and wood rails. The
flooring of the first floor and loggia is mosaic tile of various shapes,
some with decorative borders and center-pieces (all are late 19th century ).
The second and third floors are wood planked with modern hardwood flooring
laid over older planked flooring on the second floor only. The walls and
ceilings are plastered throughout.
The doors are a variety of types, evidently most of them being replace*-
ments. Some ) 19th century. Six panels are evid*% Trim is mostly
simple unmolded or with molded back-bands. There is some 19th century
pilaster trim with corner blocks. The mantels are wood with some carpenter
detail. All hardware is/modern replacement. The lighting is by electricity
and it is heated by four fire places and space type heaters.
The house faces east on St. George St. with a garden to the south and
west. It is enclosed by masonery walls on the south, east and north. No
formal landscaping is present. ----" .
No. 8 statement of significance. The building is one of 'B remaining
historic houses within the district, 4nd although it has been altered
considerably through time, it still contains all the essential elemenpa for
an authentic restoration. Architttecturally it is r of the basic
St. Augustine Plan as defined by Manucy, which is characterized by a loggia
on the outside.
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