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St. Augustine  

Sundial: 944
State/Province:  Florida Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Poor
  Latitude:   29° 53.291' N Longitude: 81° 18.600' W
Location:
  • Courtyard of the oldest house in St. Augustine, the González–Alvarez House, 14 St. Francis St, St. Augustine, FL 32084
 
Description:
  • The bronze dial is about 18 inches in diameter with hour numbers in Roman numerals from 5am to 7pm. Decorated with hummingbirds on both the east and west sides and flowers both top and bottom. The gnomon is missing.

    The dial sits upon a pedestal of tabby concrete, made of ground oyster shells to make lime, sand, ash, and broken oyster shells.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: González–Alvarez House
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
 
References:
  • The González–Alvarez House dates to about 1723, when the first floor was built and occupied by Tomás González y Hernández, an artilleryman at the Castillo de San Marcos, and his family.

    The house design is traditional Spanish colonial design, built of readily available building materials. It is oriented with its main thick walls east-west

Last Revised: 2019-04-03 15:06