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Old Florida: 1897

Old Florida: 1897

Circa 1897. "The sea wall at St. Augustine." Diversions include a "Museum and Menagerie" and "Hot & Cold Sea & Sulphur Water Baths." In the distance, the Castillo de San Marcos. Glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.


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Obviously also a wizard with the tables on an old-school framing square. Like calculating square roots with nothing but pencil and paper, figuring compound angles on a framing square is a skill now moribund at best.

American Castle

In the center background is part of the amazing Castillo de San Marcos, designed by the Havana-based Spanish military engineer Ignacio Daza and built 1672-1695. This is the oldest structure in St. Augustine, and it is the only example of a true Baroque fortress in the whole USA. It was constructed of a unique kind of limestone, mixed with coquina shells, that made 18th-century cannonballs simply bounce off. It is well worth a visit!

I Used to Be a Carpenter

Whoever framed The House of Ten Gable Dormers, with the modified mansard, in the foreground did a magnificent job. And without electric power tools.

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