St. Augustine Asks Public To Help Determine Future of Waterworks Building

Jul 25, 2018

St. Augustine city leaders are asking for the public’s help in figuring out what to do with the old Waterworks Building on San Marco Avenue.

Exterior view of the St. Augustine Waterworks Building.
Credit Via City of St. Augustine

The water pumping station was built in 1898. St. Augustine spokesman Paul Williamson said the building has served many functions since then.

“There’s a lot of people who remember going to a wedding reception or even wedding ceremonies. It was once our little theatre back in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s,” said Williamson.

The city has already spent $625,000 on renovations, a process that’s uncovered some interesting discoveries, according to Williamson. “When they went in and removed some of the paneling off the walls they actually found some drawings, almost doodlings, that were done by actors during some of the plays. And I’m sure some of those little artifacts will be kept.”

A six question survey is on St. Augustine’s website. People who don’t have internet access can call the city and take it by phone at 904-825-1010.

“What the city is wanting to do is ask the public to participate in a survey to give us some indication about how they think this building might best serve the community,” said Williamson.

The deadline to take the survey is Tuesday, July 31.

Contact reporter Cyd Hoskinson at choskinson@wjct.org, 904-358-6351 and on Twitter @cydwjctnews.