Built by the Monson family, the Monson House was located on the bay front north of the plaza. It was destroyed in the 1914 fire and replaced with the Monson Hotel shown below. Later, the hotel would be replaced by the Monson Motor Lodge which gained notoriety during the civil rights protests in 1964. Dr. Martin Luther King was arrested there when he and others protested the lodge’s segregation policy. Today, the Monson is gone and it is now the site of the St. Augustine Hilton.
- Photos courtesy Florida Memory Project.
- St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Pictorial History by Karen Harvey