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View of the Oldest House on Saint Francis Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

View of the Oldest House on Saint Francis Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/245331
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  • View of the Oldest House on Saint Francis Street in St. Augustine, Florida.

Image Number

  • JJS0354


  • Not before 1947

Series Title

General Note

  • Archeological research indicates continuous occupation of the site from the early 1600s. Documentation in 1727 gives evidence of residency by Tomas Gonzales y Hernandez, a Canary Islander who, with his wife, Francisca de Guevarra, lived in the house until British occupation of Saint Augustine. After the structure had been vacant for 10 years, Major Joseph Peavett bought the property from Jesse Fish, adding portions of the upper story and making other improvements. The British officer died in 1786, and Spanish authorities sold the property in public sale to Geronimo Alvarez. The Oldest House, also known as the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, was later added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

    Biography Note

  • Joseph Janney Steinmetz was a world-renowned commercial photographer whose images appeared in such publications as the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, Time, Holiday, Collier's, and Town & Country. His work has been referred to as "an American social history," which documented diverse scenes of American life from affluent northeasterners to middle-class Floridians. Steinmetz moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Sarasota, Florida in 1941.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 transparency - col. - 4 x 5 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Location: 30713, B.

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