Ca. 1880s–1890s albumen photograph of the St. Augustine Hotel, erected 1873.
The St. Augustine Hotel was built in 1873 and increased an influx of Northern visitors eager to escape their colder Winter climes.
A contemporary add described the hotel as “fronting the plaza and sea wall ... commanding a view of the bay and ocean [...] The reputation of the house as a first-class family hotel will be maintained by the present proprietors, and no effort be spared to provide every comfort to the traveller.” (Guide to Florida, 1873)
We do not locate this albumen photograph or others from its “Gems of Florida Jacksonville and St. Augustine” series (these words printed verso with a graphic of an alligator). The scale of the building can be seen by a small figure, lower right, a man pushing a wheelbarrow through the street.
Description: Ca. 1880s–1890s albumen photograph of the St. Augustine Hotel, erected 1873.
[Florida. N.p., ca. 1880s–1890s]. Photograph, 4 x 7 inches. Light foxing; in general, a very good and clean image.