After purchasing land in St. Augustine from Henry Flagler in 1887, architect Franklin Smith opened the Casa Monica Hotel. The architectural style was Moorish Revival and Spanish Baroque Revival. Casa Monica is a five-story building with 100-foot towers on each end topped with tile roofs. There are unique architectural features include: turrets, balconies, parapets, ornate railings, cornices, arches, and battlements on the exterior. The hotel opened on January 1, 1888 with 138 rooms. After Smith ran into financial trouble, Flagler purchased the hotel, renamed it “Cordova,” purchased the adjacent Alcazar Hotel and merged the two properties into one. During the Great Depression, Flagler abandoned the hotel. In 1962, the St. Johns County Commission purchased the property and converted it into a courthouse. It wasn’t until the mid-90s when it was returned to a hotel.
More Info: Website
More Info: Facebook
More Info: Instagram
Return to: People's Choice Florida Building Survey