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Villa Flora
234 St. George Street
St. Augustine Florida
Moorish Revival
In 1898 another Moorish Revival house was built called Villa Flora. It's located at 234 St. George Street.
The house was built by a Baptist minister (Rev. O. A. Weenolsen of Minneapolis' Tabernacle Mission)  
and his wife who were winter residents of St. Augustine. They had originally in 1892 purchased a house
on Bridge Street. It had also been reported that they purchased the
Oldest House on St. Francis Street in
1895 or early 1896 for $15,000.

The house has a raised basement and a porch base of coquina and is completed with yellow-brown
bricks. The couple built a walkway between St. George Street and Cordova Street and named it Flora
Promenade. Blooming roses, violets and plants bordered it. The pavement was designed to resemble
stylized blossoms.

In 1906 the house was purchased by Alanson and Bessie Wood. After his death it became a small hotel
run by his wife. By 1934, the building was the Villa Flora Grill, a restaurant. Proprietor was Ruth Masters,
a daughter of Eugene Masters.

Villa Flora was purchased in 1941 by Sister Theresa Joseph Brown the Reverend Mother and is still the property
of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
The basement was used as a kindergarten with Sister Patrick Theresa as the
teacher. In the 1940s the house was used by St. Josephs to teach Home Economics.

The top floor has a small chapel.  The house serves as the house of formation (Novitiate) for the sisters. In
1975 Brown Hall was constructed behind the Villa and contains 10 bedrooms.
Villa Flora
Note the advertisement for furnished rooms

The Villa Flora, St. Augustine, Fla.
Related Names:  
Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher
Date Created/Published: c[between 1910 and 1920]
Villa Flora October 24 1984
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/111376
Photographer Peggy A Bulger
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161389
St. Augustine, Fla. :
W.J. Harris Co., [19--?]
Villa Flora, St. Augustine, Fla.
Photographer:
William Henry Jackson, 1843-1942
Related Names: Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher
Date Created/Published: c1902.
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