Bostonian Franklin W. Smith built this impressive building in 1883 as his winter residence. It is a 1/10th scale of a section of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. This building was instrumental in sparking the Moorish Spanish revival in architecture in St. Augustine. Mr. Smith used poured concrete mixed with crushed locally-quarried coquina stone in the mansion's construction, which was progressive in its day.
Abraham Mussallem, an authority on Oriental rugs and fine arts, purchased the building in 1913. The Zorayda was leased as a club and became one of the most fashionable places for casino gambling in the 1920s. In the mid 1930s the Zorayda opened as a museum, featuring the antique collections of Franklin Smith and A.S. Mussallem, still on display in the exotic interior rooms today. Today, the Museum offers a 45-minute self-guided audio tour.
Located at 83 King Street, St. Augustine FL.