First Major English Period Building Being Rebuilt On Charlotte Street


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First Major English Period Building Being Rebuilt On Charlotte Street
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Watson House (Progress Photographs, Book No. 3)
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Carling, Anne
The St. Augustine Record
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Saint Augustine (Fla.)
206 Charlotte Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Watson House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
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North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 206 Charlotte Street

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a, another Three Run and and bu Algustine. Robert a restoration archaeologist, says that historical data shows that upon his arrival in St. Augustine, Watson set about making homes of several buildings on Aviles and Charlotte streets. What, is now the reconstructed Spanish hospital, was then a range of stables which, very likely, had never been used, Steinbach says. Watson. turned this building into a house, and then built his own home one which the rest mission is .now in the pio of reconstructin
The thi located between hi d what is now th i Heritage House, wa a commissary in th anish period, when es Street 7; Spanish came into i existence. bords also Show that Watson's house -the four room structure now being reconstructed was convertFIRST ENGLISH RESIDENCE--Crews for the restoration commission are now in the ed to a pharmacy. process of reconstructing the first English residence in the growing colony of restoration Restoration Plans buildings. This structure, to be known as the Watson House, is located 6n Charlotte Completion of the Watson Street, just behind the Florida Heritage House. house sNewtori says, butn plans for its use have not yet been FirstM ao Period completed. Funds for the reconstruction came from the
r M provement Funds, whose trustees granted the money several
Being Rebuilt On Charlotte reet years ago for a three part exBhibition project of the Florida house, the hospital and the EngWatson's home is ai "Anglo- The4 cu- lish building. Recently, the last By ANNE CARLING iAmerican colonial adaptation of ment $15,000 was eased to cover
Staff Writer a typical English house," ex- wasthis particular project, Newton The first English residence plains Earle W. Newton, restor- for t explai and first major structure of that ation commission .director-gen- but "w U ent with the period will soon take its place in eral. Of post and beam con- ing the tern of that par- tru Imthe growing colony of buildings struction with. noggin, it ticular time, pro says, being reconstructed by the Res-: is the first trul 1ish build- The home which Newton des- says, reconstructed toration Commission. cribes as "pretty substantial for build 'reconstructed must Located on Charlotte Street ing in the restoration pro- the period," is handsome two- have inand the right behind the Florida Her- asm. Certain, craft smithand suchstory structure with two rooms commissi 'is Vo*xploring a itage House (formerly the Flor. blacksmith shops ha come stairs and twodownstais. number of possibilities. ida State Exhibition Building), f r o mn the Enhlivh eriod, Watson, himself, described the the structure is identified as the Newton pointgu lt h:e Wat- house as about 32 feet long. 2 William Watson house.Watson, son house will o st major feet wide and 18 feet hi. This a carpentlrlcase to East Flor- structure of this i description was provided by ida from Eg in 1766, and Some of thq mat sed him several years after his refida g 1766 and Some ofth in turn to England, when he was left the Wtohlo'use84, when'c Florida ws retuedo Sp the Watson house trying to get reimbursed for the Florida W Lrered to Spanish from a home in .ss., F I o r i d a investment he had possess colony foster beingan Eng- which was and abandoned with the qnanish reWhat the commission is now typical of the ho turned to ower in Florida. reconstrqa is the home t od dw Watson The Man r the h which was lodowton Historical eem to inwhich WaSt. easto Historie August n the easterdicate that English
he purchaa toration offi r, and in cate well-toStreet proper the early ye 't. gus- man.r tine, English rles do man. o East Florton used to ~ilding ida in 1766, d years later, materials to St. se andi ut them to similar use.