This sketch was made by Henry Shaw Wyllie for his book St. Augustine Under Three Flags which he published in 1897. The building on the right is Castle Warden, a private home at the time of this sketch. Today it is the home of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
This hotel was located on what is now the Visitors Center and garage parking. Many of the “aerial” photos of the fort and northern parts of downtown from that period were taken from one of these towers.
The hotel was destroyed by fire on November 7, 1897. Arson was suspected as noted in this article published the next day in the New York Times.