The Arthur Milam House is a stunning modern structure tucked along the A1A Scenic Byway in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Lawyer and philanthropist Arthur Milam made great contributions to Northeast Florida’s arts community. He and his wife Teresa commissioned Paul Rudolph — famed architect and former Chair of Yale’s School of Architecture — to design the house which was completed in 1962. It would be his only design in Northeast Florida and his last in the state before becoming a Yale Chairman.
The distinctive Ponte Vedra Beach home was one of six Florida properties added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places in 2016. In 1963, Architectural Record deemed it House of the Year.
The geometric beachside facade features a patchwork of concrete squares and rectangles that recall the paintings of Piet Mondrian, and effectively shade the interior from harsh sunlight and deflect storm winds.
This two-story 6,800 square-foot house includes seven levels with varying heights, framed views of the Atlantic Ocean, and centers around the living room featuring an elongated conversation pit.
An architectural drawing of the house by Rudolph is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He says of the home, “The exceptional wild Florida site 60 feet above the Atlantic Ocean is a counterfoil to the geometry of the structure.”
1033 Ponte Vedra Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
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Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area's attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or longer.