Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12, Lot 26 - 27
Title: Parks Hotel Lot
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 Material Information
Title: Parks Hotel Lot Rough Draft
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Block 12, Lot 26 - 27
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Physical Location:
Box: 5
Divider: Block 12 Lots 26, 27 and 28
Folder: B 12 - L 26, 27
 Subjects
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
22 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 22 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.897022 x -81.313485
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Bibliographic ID: UF00096033
Volume ID: VID00012
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: B12-L26
B12-L27

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PARKS L LOT .
Work's begun on the Parks Hotel lob en eY i, i This site being -

located on the city map of 1923 as Bleek 12, et 27.--z2 1

It was dee:wd advisable to re-exoavate that area iaioh had been posed

in 1962 along the East property line immediatelyy adjacent to St. Geeure St.' This rea

had been ezoavated b1 Pr. Hale 8. Smith, head of the Department of Anthropology ad

Archaeology at Florida State Unive*3ity. His findsa being As follows:
"Sectieons of the sidewalk in front of the Parksa hotel ere remoned and

the foandatiens for a coquina building were discovered. The first oursee of coquina .sI

above the foqtinag was 1.80 feet thick. The shell footing itself tended down 2.50 2

feet below the first course. A wall of such dimensie was indicative of a large two '

story building. The front room of this building had north-south inside dimnsimos of

18.00 feet. To the south ef this room there was an enclosedd" area, that may have been

a loggia, 7.40 wide. The front north-south wall extended further seaouth 4.6O feet. This

may hav been part of a' step-down garden wall.

"Reoque indicated at the time he drew his map, that the stretOre

that was looted in this area was a wooden building. It appears that the Rooqnue

building, which has its front proportions about the same as the coquina structure was

built on the foundations of the excavated building. .
Once, the foundations were exposed work continued on exposing the

reaining foundations as the primary objective of the first, phase of the exoavatien.

The expesedfoundations showed the dwelling to be of two 'reem. The first or frot room

fading east being approriMtely 18 1/2 x 16 1/2 ft. in interior dimensions and' the

back or wet room 13 ft. 'deep to 16 1/2 ft. wide. These measuremts are ap.Eimtions

due to the fact that no walls were encountered from which, to take istanoes so all were.


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SIt should also be noted that the foit nl :iw O a
footing of looes sholl which in turn rested on sterile l. Thileese/ saoll

ranging f feet in depth with the poured foundation ranging 1 dep
emzpt along the front east wall where the foundations reached a depth of 2.5 feet. At
the top of this, poured foundation were impressions of coquiaa blocks where the morar
remained and a single block was all. that remained of the walls except for the ffondations
S ',e1ves. .

Ultimately seotiens of these foundations were remeved and processed

'fr the recovery of Material which would enable us' to assiga a niniema date for the
structure. The following is a chart of material collected from this processing:
'Mettal & Misc. European
Spikes elf 36,
5 large mails Ro.semll 175-1760 Salt
4 small nails stoneware '
1 copper plate (Spenge ware2t
1 belt buookle (filigree) losemll 1750-1800 Staffordhk
I pieces of iron (unidentifiable) M in
4 1 flint chip Cambed y 6
S3 brisk fragments ettie, $
1 button Marbled 4
'3 knife blades Olive Jar 18
1 pipe ste Spanish peasant ware 6'
Ad- paste .
:.. sie. red tila 11
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2 green bottle necks 1 dating 1730-1770 ,
2 turfloise bottle neck (Patent medicine bottles)
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S 7 San luis /2 16304700 ) Smith mud .aP
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blune-green basin .- oa 1800
2 Puebla Poly 1650-1700
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Also excavated in the S.W. corner of the lot was
shown on the Rocque p of 1788. M.ile the northern portiem of the ktohmn ha ben

destroyed the south half was still in a good state of preservation. In the N.W.
corner of the kitchen was found the remains of a hearth and within this area a great
deal of charcoal, bone and other material. Sherd finds in this area indicated an EngL
ocoupatin., However, when the material under the foundations was analysed a Spanish
occupation was shown to be present, Majolica found under these foundations along with
other Spanish material indicate a time period of 1650-1715. :








features this trench yielded nothing. A trash pit was excavated and a large quantity
of iron artifacts were taken from it along with two plates in almost uho).e condition.
TheThis material wan of 19th wacelltury of the kitchen had been overlaid with a foundatiegin.





SfWero te Park Hot safely able to say that the structure was built som time
between 170 and 1800 with this statement being based on arhaeoloical proof. Turning ft




to artogray fine these exctional proof that thexposed house was bof th bet n 170-thertr88en as
This material was of 19th ctury origin. ,





Roque map of 1788 does not. show the structure but the Puente map of 1764 and the map
of 1765 indicates a duelling on this site.



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PARKS HOTEL


Sections of the sidewalk in front of the Parks Hotel were removed and the found-

ations for a coquina building were discovered. The first course of coquina above the

footing was 1.80 feet thick. The shell footing itself extended down 2.50 feet below

the first course. A wall of such dimensions was indicitite of a large two story

building. The front room of this building had north-south inside dimensions of 18.00

feet. To the south of this room there was an "enclosed" area, that may have been a

loggia, 7.40 wide. The front north-south wall extended further south 4.60 feet. This

may have been part of a step-sown garden wall.

Rocque indicated, at the time he drew his map, that the structure that was

located in this area was a wooden building. It appears that the Rocque building,

which has its front proportions about the same as the coquina structure was built

on the foundations of the excavated building.







18 ST. GEORGE STREET


In a one foot area in the street between the end of the asphalt and a cement

block wall excavations were made. Coquina blocks were located sporatically in this

limited area but it was impossible to determine whether they constituted a wall.

Since time was limited digging up the street and under the wall was not attempted.




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