Magnolia House

St. Augustine
St. Augustine in the Gilded Age
St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History

Dublin Core

Title

Magnolia House

Alternative Title

Magnolia Hotel

Date Created

1847

Date Modified

1853
1886
1899-1900
1926

Type

Despite expansions and renovations, this location always served as a hotel.

Is Replaced By

After the 1926 fire, stores were built on this property.

Description

Completed in March of 1847 and owned by Burroughs E. Carr, it was one of the finest hotels of its time. It started off with seventeen rooms as the Magnolia House in the Territorial architectural style. It increased to forty-five rooms by 1853, and 250 rooms in 1886 in the Queen Anne style, complete with round tower. More changes came in 1899-1900. The Magnolia Hotel was destroyed by fire on December 27, 1926.

Although not the oldest or longest running 19th century hotel, it maintained a reputation as a good place to stay, especially for families with rates as low as $2.50 to $4 per day, and for part of it's history, offering live orchestral music twice a day. Sometime after the Hotel Ponce de Leon opened, and to compete with the newer hotels, the Magnolia upgraded to include heat, gas lighting, and elevators to the existing large windows for breezes and verandas.

After the Magnolia burned down, it was replaced with shops numbered 100 to 110 St. George Street.

Source

The following books, articles, websites, and photographers were used to find the above photographs or illustrations:

Photograph 1 (1888): Witteman, A. St. Augustine. New York: A. Wittemann, 1888.

Photograph 2 (c.1910): Rogero, Beth, and the St. Augustine Historical Society. St. Augustine in the Gilded Age. Charleston, SC: Acadia Publishing, 2008.

Photograph 3 (1926): Harvey, Karen. St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company/Publishers, 1980.

The following books, articles, and/or websites were used to find information about this location:

Bowen, Beth Rogero, and the St. Augustine Historical Society. St. Augustine in the Gilded Age. Charleston, SC: Acadia Publishing, 2008.

Bowen, Beth Rogero, and the St. Augustine Historical Society. St. Augustine in the Roaring Twenties. Charleston, SC: Acadia Publishing, 2012.

Graham, Thomas. The Awakening of St. Augustine: The Anderson Family and the Oldest City, 1821-1924. St. Augustine, FL: Saint Augustine Historical Society, 1978.

Harvey, Karen. St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company, 1980.

Rajtar, Steve, and Kelly Goodman. A Guide to Historic St. Augustine, Florida. 1st edition. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2007.

Is Referenced By

The following St. Augustine Fiction book features this building as a location: 

One Happy Winter

Date Submitted

March 28, 2023

Citation

Burroughs E. Carr, “Magnolia House,” St. Augustine Fiction, accessed June 13, 2024, https://staugustinefiction.omeka.net/items/show/347.

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