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Historic photo of Ponce Hall circa 1960s

Elsbeth Gordon, M.F.A.

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Description of Research

Elsbeth Gordon has written and illustrated several volumes published by University Press of Florida, about Florida’ s historic architectural landscape and why it is sacred to our nation’s identity and heritage. The first volume, Florida’s Colonial Architectural Heritage, spans building activities from 1565 to 1821. The second, Heart and Soul of Florida: Sacred Sites and Historic Architecture, spans 8,000 years of the State’s building heritage divided into three cultural periods, Indian, Spanish and British Colonial, and Territorial-Statehood. Her third book, Walking St. Augustine: An Illustrated Guide and Pocket History to America’s Oldest City (2015), is the story of St. Augustine from 1565 to today, building by building in color illustrations in the heart of what was once the “walled city.” She is the recipient of the 2016 William L. Proctor book award from HSARI for WALKING ST. AUGUSTINE (University of Florida Press, 2015).

She also authored the Florida Humanities Council’s audio walking tours of St. Augustine, and articles in Forum and El Escribano. She is currently a Trustee (Board of Trustees) of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum and Chair of Collections; and Board member of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association. Before her contracts with University Press of Florida, she restored a number of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  She lives in St. Augustine.