Reconstructed to resemble an 18th century Spanish inn a decade ago, a house formerly stood here; its original walls are still visible on part of the front and north side. The "main lounge" with fireplace was added in the 19th century to what was once a First Spanish Period dwelling, and a second story applied early in this century. The kitchen-dining room was once separate but is now incorporated into the overall structure.
Upon entering the front door, visitors can see on the left the
bedroom reserved for very important guests. All the furnishings are modern but authentic reproductions of 18th century pieces, produced in Spain especially for this building. In the vestibule is a copy in Spanish tile of a famous painting depicting Columbus reporting to the king and queen upon his return from his first voyage. To the right is the men's lounge; noteworthy is the fireplace with a portrait in tile of Pedro Menendez de Aviles (founder of St. Augustine in 1565), portraits of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain at the time of their marriage, assorted furniture including two cockfight chairs (you sit on them "backward s"), and portraits of King Philip II of Spain and two of his wives.
In the hallway behind the vestibule stands a rare antique drop-leaf table embellished with carving in relief. It is believed to be from Italy.
The next room is the women's lounge. A feature of the elaborate furnishings is the Moorish-style brass brazier for heat. Off to the left of this may be seen two bedrooms. Each has a typically ornate bed, a brazier for heat, and pegs for hanging clothing.
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At the rear is a combination kitchen and dining room, with its
huge fireplace, separate dining tables for greater and lesser guests, a pigskin of ordinary wine in the corner, some casks for fine wine, cupboards for dishes, some antique utensils, and an exit to the patio.
Features of the shaded courtyard, where guests dined on balmy
evenings, are the rack for water jars, the dinner-bell wheel, a well with cover and lock (so it could not be poisoned), and a very old statue of St. Augustine in a wall niche.
Dormitory-type quarters were provided upstairs for servants accompanying the guests.