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Villa Zorayda: 1904

Villa Zorayda: 1904

        Built in 1883 by the eccentric Boston millionaire Franklin W. Smith as his winter home, Villa Zorayda was inspired by the 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. (Wikipedia)

Circa 1904. "Zorayda Club, King Street, St. Augustine, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Uh-oh!

Don't let the xenophobes look too closely:

The saying, "There is no conqueror but God", the same phrase reproduced in the tracery of the Alhambra, is inscribed in Arabic script above the entrance.

And now it's a colorful museum.

A less exclusive club, these days.

Now anyone can have a look inside. See for yourself:

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