St. Augustine’s Most Threatened Historic Places: 2004

Echo House

Threatened Structures

St. Benedict the Moor School

Villa Rosa

Echo House

Clark -Worley House

Knights of Columbus Hall

Threatened Features

La Punta Community
Mission Archeological Site 

The City’s Brick Streets

The City’s Civil Rights

Ponce de Leon Golf Course

Threatened Districts

Lincolnville National
Register District

The Block Bounded by Genoply and Alfred Streets

Located at 100 M. L. King Avenue within the Lincolnville National Register Historic District is another landmark of the 1920s Florida Boom era. According to the Florida Master Site File Echo House was built in 1926 with a distinctive red tile roof and shell-dash stucco finish during and is actually “part of a well-planned Mediterranean Revival style complex” of three buildings. The building was a gift of Dr. Andrew Anderson, Henry Flagler’s best friend and a prominent philanthropist (he donated the famous statues that gives the Bridge of Lions its name). It served for many decades as the Lincolnville Branch of the St. John’s County Welfare Federation. Its restoration was a longtime goal of the venerable educator and civic leader Mrs. Rosalie Gordon-Mills, who recently passed away on the eve of her 97th birthday.

Despite an advanced state of decay, its charm is still evident. The loss of this house would leave a gaping hole in the heart of historic Lincolnville. The City of St. Augustine, its steward, has no money of its own to restore it for adaptive reuse, but made application to the state for a $185,000 grant to execute the necessary repairs. Unfortunately the state did not fund the grant, leaving the building facing an uncertain future.