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Warden Winter Home


Warden Winter Home Marker St Augustine FL

This marker is located on 19 San Marco Avenue in St Augustine.

The text reads as :

"The Warden Winter Home was built in 1887 for William G. Warden of Philadelphia. A partner with Henry Flagler and John D. Rockefeller in the Standard Oil Company, Warden was also the President of the St. Augustine Gas and Electric Light Company and Financial Director of the St Augustine Improvement Company. One of the most imposing private residences in the city, it was a center of winter social activity. Its Moorish Revival architecture and elaborate interior reflect the exuberance of the Gilded Age and St. Augustine´s role as a winter resort. It remained in the Warden family through the 1930s. In 1941 it was purchased by Norton Baskin and remodeled as the Castle Warden Hotel. Baskin and his wife, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (author of The Yearling), had an apartment on the top floor. Many writers and other distinguished visitors came here during its decade as a hotel. Locally known as Warden Castle, it has served as Ripley´s Believe It or Not Museum since 1950."

Sponsors: Sponsored by Ripley´s Believe It or Not Museum in cooperation with the Florida Department of State

Latitude, Longitude

29.89933333, -81.31438333

Rights Statement


Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Warden Winter Home Marker; Warden Winter Home; Residence; Warden Castle; Ripley´s Believe It or Not Museum; St Johns County ( Fl.); Historical marker --- Florida ---St Augustine.; Images


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