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Governor's House Library and St. Augustine: Spanish Military Hospital (3 Aviles Street)

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Spanish Military Hospital History

The Spanish Military Hospital is a reconstructed example of a Second Spanish Period (1784-1821) structure. The original building on this site was a wooden stable. After carpenter William Watson completed his home on the adjacent lot, he remodeled the stable to become a convalescent home. In 1791, the Spanish government purchased the building and modified it to serve as a hospital for St. Augustine’s military. The buildings of the hospital campus, including the Watson House, were lost, likely destroyed by fire by 1895. The hospital was reconstructed on its 1700s foundations by the State of Florida in 1966 and has operated as a museum of colonial medicine since its reconstruction.

The full Wikipedia entry for the Spanish Military hospital is available here

A photograph of Spanish Military Hospital as seen from Aviles Street.

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