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Posted on: August 23, 2021

City to re-open the doors of historic Waterworks Building

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Public invited to open house, limited-capacity program to mark the occasion


*UPDATE* (September 9, 2021) - The 5:30pm limited-capacity program has reached the maximum number of attendees. 

On Tuesday, September 14, the City of St. Augustine will proudly reopen the doors of the historic Waterworks Building to the public with an open house and appreciation program.

Starting at 3:00pm, the public is invited to visit the Waterworks Building, located at 184 San Marco Avenue, and walk through the facility in a self-guided style tour.  Historic photos and a video presentation will be on display exhibiting the structure’s transformative journey from a near-crumbling building to the restored historic resource that it is today.  The open house will conclude at 5:00pm.

The public is invited to register to attend a limited-capacity program that starts at 5:30pm, recognizing the significance of the project and its contributors.  A light picnic box snack will be provided to registered attendees.  To register for the limited-capacity program, visit https://waterworkspicnic.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited so advance registration is required.

“We’ve spent many years, countless hours of labor, with dedicated staff and craftsmen, working to restore this historic building to what we see here today,” remarked Jenny Wolfe, the City’s Historic Preservation Officer.  “It’s a proud day for us to share this accomplishment with the community and to recognize the people who were so critical to its success.”

Due to limited parking at Davenport Park and the adjacent parking at the public library, people who plan to attend may wish to carpool or be required to walk a short distance to Davenport Park.

The building was constructed in 1898 as the first City Waterworks Pumping Station. Later it would become the Davenport Park Clubhouse and home to multiple community groups. Grant funds from the Florida Division of Historical Resources contributed to this restoration effort along with countless hours of dedicated work by architects, construction crews, craftspeople, and city staff.

Media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307 or via email at mwissel@citystaug.com.

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