The Tovar House, or more precisely the González-Alvarez complex at 14 Francis Street in St. Augustine, Florida, was always exaggeratedly billed as the oldest European house still standing in America when I was a kid. The docents there are pretty circumspect now, allowing only that it’s the oldest house in formerly Spanish America still standing. It’s worth a visit and it facilitates such a visit with a capacious parking lot, which is no small enticement in St. Augustine in late December.

Figure 1. Tovar House garden. St. Augustine, FL. Photo: author.

For my part, I like the garden best with its Romantic landscape including live oaks and Spanish Moss (figure 1). That’s the detached kitchen structure in coquina blocks and someone’s house rising in the next lot in the gold color.

Figure 2. Tovar House garden through second floor window. St. Augustine, FL. Photo: author.

During our tour I caught a glimpse of the garden through one of the old windows which retains some, at least, very old panes and photographed it (figure 2). Since the wavy glass was more interesting, it is in focus while the garden, probably recognizable at least in part from figure 1, is not.

Figure 1a. Tovar House garden. St. Augustine, FL. Photo: author.

I indulged myself going for that southern gothic effect while editing figure 1. Figure 1a is the same except with Orton and Mystical effects applied in Luminar AI.

Nikon Z 7ii with Nikkor Z 24-200 mm f/4-6.3 lens.

Figure 1 (=1a). 50 mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/125 s.
Figure 2. 50 mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/125 s.

Edited in Luminar AI.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Scranton, PA

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