St. Augustine Florida Beach was a
place that wealthy northerners and the world’s elite descended upon year round
for their Florida Beach Vacations. Henry Flagler, an American business
tycoon, and partner of Gilded Age mogul John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil,
began to establish St. Augustine Beach as a tourist destination in the late
1880s. He built and contributed to numerous buildings and endeavors in the Old
City; one such place was the Hotel Alcazar. Known for being one of the most
luxurious hotels in the country at the time, the Hotel Alcazar was quite
opulent. Its architecture was designed by famous architects Carrère and Hastings
and resembles the architecture that was prominent throughout the Spanish
Renaissance. Today, this magnificent structure houses the Lightner Museum, a
popular St Augustine Attraction.
The Lightner Museum was founded by Chicago publisher and businessman Otto C.
Lightner. Lightner purchased the former Hotel Alcazar and its amazing amenities
including an enormous steam room, a turn of the century massage parlor, the
world’s largest indoor swimming pool at the time, gymnasium and sulfur baths to
house his collection of antiques and other collectibles that he had amassed
during his lifetime. Many of these items were from the Victorian period in
England and include Victorian glass, tiffany style lamps, Victorian antiquities
such as a small shrunken Egyptian head, and so much more. While the building
itself is a famous St Augustine Attraction and Historic Place in St Augustine,
the contents inside are definitely worth a trip! Tour three floors of amazing
items and see the exhibits of paintings, sculpture, antique musical instruments
and a grand escritoire, an exquisite piece of furniture that was created for
Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland.
While most visitors just tour the Lightner Museum, others seek out the former hotel as a host site for a special St Augustine Event, and often Weddings
St Augustine are hosted here. In addition to the grand facilities and
banquet halls, the Lightner Museum Courtyard St Augustine FL is one of the most
beautiful places in the state! The lush landscaping and garden courtyards were
world renowned during the height of its heyday as the Hotel Alcazar, and the
Lightner Museum Courtyard St Augustine FL is still a must see today! The
Lightner Museum also has a gift shop where you can purchase unique
items and replicas of some of the museum's famous pieces.
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